ERIC Number: ED219051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Regional Accreditation Team Members: How They Perceive Their Role and How They Make Decisions. ASHE Annual Meeting 1982 Paper.
Silvers, Philip J.
The ways in which accrediting team members perceive their role and make decisions were surveyed and approaches for improving the process were analyzed. The policy and procedures statements of the regional commissions were evaluated and a mail survey of a sample of evaluators was undertaken. Evaluators from five regional associations provided assessments regarding the onsite accreditation visit, as well as the procedures they used during their most recent visits. Attention was directed to the purpose of the onsite evaluation visit, sources of procedures used during the visit, evaluation activities onsite, and indicators of quality and types of evidence used. While nine purposes of the onsite visit were mentioned and each region had its own emphasis with respect to the function of the evaluation team, there was no within-region comsistency regarding the purpose of the visit in the several policy manuals published by the respective regional commissions. Evaluation team members were asked to identify purposes of the onsite visit perceived as important and to specify the role that best characterized their function on the site visit team. Evaluators also indicated the sources that most influenced the procedures they used on site. The allocation of evaluators' time among various onsite activities provides an indication of both evaluators' priorities and the means used by evaluators to fulfill purposes of the accreditation visit (e.g., evaluation, verification of the self-study). Evaluators also identified the one area they were most qualified to evaluate and the types of evidence they used in determining whether the institution was meeting its objectives. Six recommendations for regional accrediting commissions are offered. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting; Site Visits
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Washington, DC, March 2-3, 1982).