ERIC Number: ED158644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jul-17
Reference Count: 0
Course Accreditation in Australian Colleges of Advanced Education: The Past, Present Practices and the Future.
Houston, H. S.; Harman, G. S.
A description of course accreditation in Australian colleges of advanced education considers the development of the present system, procedures followed at state and national levels, strengths and weaknesses of the present system, and possible future directions. A discussion of what accreditation is and what purposes it might achieve and a brief outline of two overseas accreditation systems is presented. Accreditation, as one means of quality control and improvement, concentrates on courses rather than institutions. Both government and professional associations run their own accreditation systems. Two overseas models used by the Council for National Academic Awards in the United Kingdom and the National Commission on Accrediting in the United States did not fit Australian needs. The organization and responsibilities of the Australian Council on Awards in Advanced Education are outlined. Steps in applying for course accreditation are described. It is suggested that the present system be continued and improved and that a comprehensive review of the system be conducted at the national, state, and institutional levels by an independent authority. Improvements could be made regarding the composition and tenure of assessment committees and in the briefing provided by agencies to committees. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Australian Council on Awards in Advanced Education
Note: Paper presented at South Pacific Association of Teacher Education 7th Annual Conference (Canberra, July 14-17, 1977)