Hobart Associate Dean Chip Capraro has returned to campus after a week long trip to Egypt. As a member of a Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation team, Capraro visited American University in Cairo (AUC) as part of AUC's 10-year re-accreditation process.
“It was a fascinating journey for me,” Capraro says. “I've dedicated my career to liberal arts education. To take that educational mission and embed it in downtown Cairo is an intriguing proposition.”
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. The Commission is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation.
Accredited institutions are reviewed every 10 years by a team selected from a pool of volunteers who submit a report, based on an institutional “self-study” and a team's site visit to the Commission. Recently, Capraro worked with the Commission when the Colleges were reviewed.
American University in Cairo offers an American-style liberal arts education to Egyptian, Middle Eastern, and international students, including Americans, with courses taught in English.
Due to regulations, Capraro is prohibited from discussing details of AUC's review. While in Egypt, he extended his stay for two days to tour the area, visiting the Egyptian Museum in Luxor City, as well as the Valley of the Kings, the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids at Giza.
“Being there was a powerful immersion in the site. It brought together my passions for the liberal arts, for world history, global awareness and multi-cultural awareness. The entire trip was incredible,” Capraro says.