ERIC Number: ED248271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation Processes of Regional and National Education Accrediting Agencies: Implications for Redesigning an Evaluation Process in California.
Bernhardt, Victoria L.
Colleges and universities in California may be accredited or approved by four different agencies to offer approved programs of teacher education: the State Department of Education's Office of Private Postsecondary Education (OPPE) (for private institutions); the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC); and, optionally, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This paper attempts to identify overlaps and gaps in the accreditation/evaluation processes, and presents recommendations for the redesign of the CTC. All the agencies use team visits. In addition, all but the CTC use self-studies. Standards appear to be the major difference between the agencies' approaches. OPPE and WASC concentrate on facilities, institutional support, faculty, and in a general manner, program content. NCATE's standards overlap CTC's guidelines in several areas of curriculum. The results of the comparison indicate that some combination of a self-study and candidate-centered evaluation, with more rigor in the initial approval process, is necessary to achieve more efficiency and effectiveness in the CTC evaluation process. (BW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California; California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; California Office of Private Postsecondary Educ; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Educ; Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984). Small print in appendix.