ERIC Number: ED164570
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Accreditation Agency Field Test of Institutional Self Study Form. Improving the Consumer Protection Function in Postsecondary Education.
Dayton, Charles W.; Jung, Steven M.
The Institutional Self Study Form for Postsecondary Institutions (ISSF) has been developed to help accreditation agencies provide consumer protection to college and university students. It is designed to detect and quantitatively scale the potential for abuse in institutions, and can be completed by anyone who is knowledgeable about the consumer protection policies, practices, and conditions of that institution. The ISSF consists of 123 weighted items on potentially abusive practices, divided into nine categories: (1) misleading recruiting practices and lax admissions policies; (2) lack of necessary disclosure in written documents; (3) misrepresentation of accredited status; (4) inequitable tuition refund policies; (5) inadequate procedures to insure qualified and stable faculty; (6) inadequate record-keeping; (7) failure to maintain relevant and up-to-date occupational training programs; (8) inadequate job placement services; and (9) financial instability. This instrument was field tested in nine institutions granting associate's, bachelor's, or graduate degrees. Participants were interviewed for their opinions and suggestions for improvement, which are reported. The ISSF is appended, along with its user guide, an explanation of the weighted scoring system, and sample reports. (GDC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budgeting, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.