ERIC Number: ED246770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Non-Traditional Accreditation: A Summary of the New Experience. AIR 1984 Annual Forum Paper.
Perkins, Mark L.; Rubin, Gary N.
The nature of the nontraditional accreditation experience and its value as a process for strategic and long-range planning are discussed. The role of the institutional research office in the process is also examined. Perceptions of directors of self-studies for nontraditional accreditation at 16 colleges in the southeast were surveyed. Using a structured interview, the survey focused on six major areas: institutional characteristics, institutional planning, nature and focus of the self-study, study leadership, visiting team, and outcomes. Findings of the survey suggest that the nontraditional process is perceived to be more meaningful and useful to institutions in addressing specific problems or issues, clarifying mission and goals, and promoting ongoing planning activities. Four of the participating institutions utilized the nontraditional self-study effort as a means for implementing a formal planning process that could be carried into the future. The nontraditional effort tends to be at least as comprehensive and perhaps more complex than the more straightforward quantitative process employed in a traditional study. Perhaps the single most important factor to consider prior to selecting the nontraditional self-assessment approach is the difficulty an institution might experience in selecting an appropriate focus for the study. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (24th, Fort Worth, TX, May 6-9, 1984).