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ERIC Number: ED077309
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jan-16
Pages: 36
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The Future of Voluntary Accreditation.
Pfnister, Allan O.
In the present paper, the author restricts himself to three major questions regarding accrediting of colleges and universities: (1) Ought there to be some form of accreditation, voluntary or otherwise? (2) If there is to be some form of accreditation, what is the future of voluntary associations in this effort? and (3) If there is to be some form of accreditation and if not by voluntary associations, then by whom or what? The arguments presented to the first question seem to deny that accreditation as it now exists should be allowed to continue. Reasons for this feeling center around the facts that: (1) very few colleges have any trouble at all getting themselves accredited, regardless of the quality of educational output; (2) the pursuit of excellence is not advanced by accrediting procedures; (3) there is no further need for accrediting agencies because only 80 nonregionally accredited institutions are in existence; and (4) accreditation merely contributes to educational sameness between and among institutions rather than promoting quality education. Discussions of the arguments surrounding the other two questions are considered in the text of the document. (HS)
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Note: Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges, San Francisco, January 16, 1973