There is a growing consensus among those who study and work in higher education, and those who make policy for higher education, that the current U.S. system of higher education quality assurance is not working. While recognition of the problem is growing, attempted solutions have yet to pan out, and there is little agreement on the best way to proceed. With a new presidential administration in place and a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act overdue, the time is ripe for a focused discussion of how best to monitor and reinforce quality in our higher education institutions.

On February 17, 2017, Ithaka S+R and the Penn Program on Regulation are convening a small group of administrators, researchers, policymakers, and other stakeholders invested in better quality assurance to review the state of higher education quality assurance and promising alternative models; to generate a set of principles for and identify practical next steps in the process of improving quality assurance; and to lay the groundwork for deliberation and action in the broader field.