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NMSU's Derlin named to national committee on Institutional Quality, Integrity

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced five appointments to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, including Roberta Derlin of New Mexico State University.


Roberta Derlin
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced five appointments to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, including Roberta Derlin of New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo)

NACIQI advises the secretary on accreditation issues and the eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education. It is charged with recommending to the secretary which accrediting or specific state approval agencies should be recognized as reliable authorities for judging the quality of postsecondary institutions and programs.

Schools must be approved by a recognized accrediting agency to be eligible to participate in federal student aid and other federal programs. Students attending these postsecondary schools receive some $150 billion in grants, loans and work-study opportunities.

"This committee plays a crucial role in ensuring that accrediting agencies have the highest standards for evaluating the schools and programs they accredit," Duncan said. "I am confident that the committee members announced today will put their talent and skills to work in making sure that accrediting agencies focus on measures of a quality education for students at career and technical schools, colleges and universities."

Derlin, associate provost at NMSU, was appointed for a six-year term. She brings a great deal of experience in accreditation to the position. She said her appointment will give her, the university and the state of New Mexico new insight into the accreditation process at the federal level.

"One of my interests is an opportunity to both be informed and to engage in the federal policy-making process," Derlin said. "This group is consulted on those matters as well. Those are the two big opportunities for me, NMSU and the state to have a representative on NACIQI."

The committee's other new member, also appointed for a six-year term, is Simon Boehme, student member, from Kalamazoo, Mich., and currently a student
at Cornell University

Incumbent members re-appointed for a six-year term are:
- Susan Phillips, provost and vice president for academic affairs, University at Albany, State University of New York;
- Frank Wu, chancellor and dean, University of California Hasting College of the Law,
San Francisco, Calif.; and,
- Frederico Zargoza, vice chancellor of economic and workforce development, Alamo Colleges, San Antonio, Texas.

The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity is an 18-member committee with membership appointed equally by the Secretary of Education, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. The committee meets twice a year.