ERIC Number: ED382799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
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Outcomes-Based Occupational Education Accreditation: A New Vision for Educational Quality Assurance.
Bowman, Harry L.; Brown, G. Wayne
The current practice of accrediting technical education is based on a set of policies and comprehensive standards pertaining to all aspects of the institution. These policies and standards are applied by institutional personnel to conduct a self-study based on the school's mission and by an independent team of technical educators-evaluators to conduct an on-site assessment. A new outcomes-based approach to accreditation of postsecondary occupational or technical education institutions has been proposed. The new approach, which emphasizes quality assurance and is based on accreditation approaches used and/or advocated by the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions (COEI) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, emphasizes the following components: (1) occupational/skill standards as the basis for program design; (2) skill assessment/certification as the basis for assessing program effectiveness with individuals; and (3) job placement of training recipients as the basis for assessing institutional effectiveness in meeting job market needs. It is estimated that minimum of 2 years will be required for transition from the current accreditation system to the new system. The target date for completion of the development and adoption of the COEI's revised accreditation standards is December 1995. Includes a flowchart showing the accreditation process. (MN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Commission on Occupational Education Institutions; Quality Assurance
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 9-11, 1994). For a related paper, see CE 068 871.