ERIC Number: ED082591
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Organizational Structure of Nongovernmental Postsecondary Accreditation: Relationship to Uses of Accreditation.
Miller, Jerry W.
Accepting the premise that nongovernmental accreditation is preferable to government accrediting, this study sought to identify changes which need to be made in the organization of nongovernmental accreditation in order that it can continue to be a socially useful enterprise. Through the use of the Delphi procedure, approximately 100 persons interacted to establish a list of functions that nongovernmental accreditation should serve or seek to serve and a statement of principles that should characterize its organization. The following recommendations and observations were reached as a result of this study: (1) Accrediting agencies should more clearly, specifically, and forthrightly state their purposes for accrediting; (2) Institutions and accrediting agencies should move deliberately, but swiftly, to establish a national body to coordinate, monitor, and supervise accreditation of postsecondary education; (3) Nongovernmental accreditation should engage in two practices to enhance its credibility: (a) make increasing use of independently appointed public representatives, and (b) utilize a public hearing approach to the development of major policies and standards, and (4) Accrediting agencies should increasingly involve related professions in the membership of both their policy-and decisionmaking bodies and visiting teams. (Author/PG)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accreditation (Institutions), Certification, Higher Education, Organization, Standards
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Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Accrediting, Washington, DC.