ERIC Number: ED382796
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
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Technical School Accreditation: A Model for Institutional Quality Assurance.
Bowman, Harry L.
Since 1971, the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions (COEI) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has been responsible for developing, field testing, and refining policies and procedures for accrediting postsecondary technical or occupational education institutions. At present, the COEI's accreditation procedure is a two-stage process consisting of intensive self-study by school-affiliated personnel to measure progress toward achieving stated objectives and onsite evaluation of the school by a visiting team of professional educators and specialists who are sometimes accompanied by laypersons. The following are among the significant quality assurance aspects of the COEI accreditation process: (1) the policies and standards used as the basis for evaluating institutions were developed and are periodically modified by occupational education specialists with expertise in all facets of such schools' operations/programs; (2) the types of personnel involved in evaluating occupational schools/programs contribute to the assurance of educational quality; (3) the procedures applied in the accreditation process emphasize qualitative assessment; (4) the evaluation focuses intensively on the processes and products of educational programs; and (5) the decision to accredit an occupational education institution is based on aggregate evidence that the institution is in compliance with COEI policies and standards. A flow-chart showing the accreditation process is included. (MN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Commission on Occupational Education Institutions; Outcome Based Education; Quality Assurance
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1993). For a related paper, see CE 068 875.