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TICUA President Appointed to National Accreditation Committee


Nashville, TN--TICUA President Claude Pressnell has been appointed by Speaker of the U.S. Senate Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to serve on the 18-member National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI).

This is the fourth time that Pressnell has been chosen by the U.S. Senate for service.  In 2003 he was appointed by then U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to serve on the Federal Advisory Committee for Student Financial Aid (ACSFA).  Pressnell was chosen to serve a second term on the ACSFA in 2006 and was elected Vice Chair in 2007.  More recently, in 2014, a bi-partisan group of U.S, Senators, headed by U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander selected Pressnell to serve on a task force to recommend a pathway to reduce the federal regulatory burden on higher education in the United States.

NACIQI is authorized by the Higher Education Opportunity Act to provide recommendations to the U.S. Department of Education on matters concerning accreditation of postsecondary institutions and educational programs, including institutional eligibility for federal student aid. Six members of NACIQI are appointed by the Secretary of Education, six by the House of Representatives and six by the Senate.

Pressnell said, “My primary hope for the committee is to strengthen the peer-review system in order to ensure that accreditors are accomplishing their mission and purpose with a primary focus on student success and institutional quality.”

Pressnell will serve a six-year term that ends in 2022. 

About the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association

TICUA engages Tennessee's private, non-profit colleges and universities to work collaboratively in areas of public policy, cost containment, and professional development to serve better the State and its citizens.  For more information about TICUA, please visit www.ticua.org