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ERIC Number: ED239533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Pages: 14
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Implications of Accreditation for Promoting Access, Choice, and Parity for Blacks in Higher Education and the Uniqueness of Historically Black Colleges.
Simmons, Howard L.
Strategies to enable blacks to achieve access, choice, and parity in higher education under the aegis of accreditation are suggested. It is noted that educational requirements or standards are directly or indirectly set by accrediting agencies. The following recommendations for accrediting agencies are offered: accrediting agencies should involve more blacks from all types of higher institutions in their activities; evaluation teams should review the institution's commitment to equity in enrollment and employment; blacks should be represented on evaluation teams; and guidelines should be developed for the evaluation of black colleges as well as for the multicultural/multiracial elements found in other colleges. Suggestions for blacks in predominantly black and predominantly white colleges include: be familiar with the political and other unintended uses of the accreditation process for the purpose of improving their relative position with other educational status groups and power elites; seek broad participation in all facets and levels of the accrediting process; develop systematic planning procedures that include continuous evaluation and self-assessment to assure continued access and choice; and assist in the development of self-study documents. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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