ERIC Number: ED163197
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
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Home Study School Accreditation.
National Home Study Council, Washington, DC. Accrediting Commission.
This booklet is designed to help prospective students, counselors, public agencies, and institutions better understand home study school accreditation. Home study is also known as correspondence or independent study; and most home study is provided by proprietary schools. Because of the student's and the public's need to determine the quality of various educational institutions offering home study, an Accrediting Commission was established by the National Home Study Council (NHSC) in 1955. It was recognized by the U.S. Office of Education in 1959. The Commission is made up of nine members who represent the public. Basically accreditation means that the school voluntarily undergoes a comprehensive study to certify that the school meets NHSC standards, performs the functions it claims it does, has stated educational objectives, and furnishes materials/services to enable students to meet objectives. The steps in accreditation involve application, submission of a self evaluation report, subject specialist review, examination by committee, and an information survey. Finally the commission reviews the information and takes one of four courses: accredits the school, accredits with stipulations, defers a decision, or denies accreditation. Accredited schools submit yearly reports and are reviewed every five years. There are many benefits of accreditation; for example, the public can rely on the accredited status of a school as an index of quality. (CSS)
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Authoring Institution: National Home Study Council, Washington, DC. Accrediting Commission.