Assessing the Group That Assesses Accreditation

Though it lacks power, new council and its leader win respect through lobbying and hustle

Judith S. Eaton radiates energy. Even when she sits, which isn't often, she bounces a foot or taps a pen. Her intensity suits her position. As president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the country's largest higher-education organization, she faces a challenging to-do list:

Persuade turf-oriented accrediting agencies to work better together. Fend off federal efforts to