ERIC Number: ED393489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Making the Most of the Accreditation Team Visit.
Bennett, Carroll L.; And Others
In an effort to achieve a successful accreditation team visit from the North Central Association (NCA), Des Moines Area Community College, in Iowa, developed a team visit plan based on effective and thoughtful logistics planning and a strong, cooperative working relationship between the institution and the NCA consultant. In general, to prepare for the visit, the plan emphasizes the development of a time table and logistics schedule and the identification of responsibilities and approval for each phase of the operation. When forming the accreditation team, administrators should be aware of the ratio of faculty to administrators and make sure that major institutional focus and ethnic groups are represented. With respect to protocol, the two key people in the visit are the team chair and the college president, while the college community should do everything to make the team feel welcome without being patronizing. A team room should be established to provide a working area for the team, a site for documentation to support the self-study, and a place for private or small group meetings. Other functions which must be planned for include arranging for team members' transportation; planning special events, such as scheduled meetings with special groups; developing publications and logos necessary for the visit; and handling communications to college personnel, the board of trustees, state boards, and the media regarding the visit. (TGI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Des Moines Area Community College IA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Association (101st, Chicago, IL, March 23-26, 1996).