The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) – a regional agency that accredits more than 1,000 degree granting higher education institutions – has appointed Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor of Maricopa Community Colleges, to its Board of Trustees. Among other things, the Board deliberates on and decides official actions for institutions placed on notice or probation and responds to requests for change of institutional control, structure, or organization.
Dr. Glasper’s term begins on September 1, 2014.
“Rufus Glasper brings to the Commission Board the wisdom of his extensive experience in education,” said HLC President Sylvia Manning. “He understands accreditation from the perspective of a chancellor or president and also from the perspective of a peer reviewer. He has helped the Commission explain the role and process of accreditation on Capitol Hill. He will be a terrific addition to a distinguished Board.”
Each of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges is individually accredited by the HLC. The accreditation process is based on a system of peer review. Approximately 1,300 educators from institutions of higher education serve as peer reviewers conducting accreditation evaluations for other institutions. A full list of HLC-accredited institutions appears online at https://www.ncahlc.org/Directory-of-HLC-Institutions.html.
Dr. Glasper has worked for the Maricopa Community Colleges for 28 years, spending the last 11 as Chancellor. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Luther College (Decorah, Iowa), and a Master’s in school business administration from Northern Illinois University. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in higher education finance from the University of Arizona.