ERIC Number: ED243503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Saluting, but Not Speaking.
MacLeod, William J.
A discussion of the history and current role of accrediting agencies in higher education in the United States is presented in this paper with an overview of the role of the Council of Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA). First, a brief history of the accreditation process during the past 70 years is presented; the roles of institutional and specialized accreditation are outlined; the goals of postsecondary accreditation are specified; and the 1975 establishment of COPA and its subsequent role are delineated. The following sections then discuss current problems in the accreditation process and the ways these could be addressed by the accrediting agencies, by COPA, and by the institutions themselves. First, the role of the agencies is addressed, focusing on their responsibility for setting standards, seeing that concerns about the quality and adequacy of professional education are addressed, monitoring accreditation costs, and cooperating with other agencies. The next section discusses the way COPA is addressing concerns in accreditation by providing a national forum for accreditation, encouraging cooperation among agencies, and dissuading federal and state agencies from developing new statutory requirements for eligibility for funds or licensure. Finally, the role of the institutions is considered, which includes providing assurance of the quality of instruction, programs, and governance; and developing self-study and review schedules as an integral part of self-assessment. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Council on Postsecondary Accreditation
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the American Society of Allied Health Professions and the Medical Center Campus of Miami-Dade Community College on Accreditation for Two-Year Institutions (Miami, FL, February 11-12, 1983).