ERIC Number: ED165577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Nontraditional Education. Summary Report of the Project to Develop Evaluative Criteria and Procedures for the Accreditation of Nontraditional Education. Volume 1, September 1978.
Andrews, Grover J.
A study was undertaken for the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation to develop evaluative criteria and procedures for the accreditation of nontraditional education. The summary report presents the major activities and findings of the study. The Introduction gives its history and background and outlines its scope, including the goals, organizational structure, and implementation. In Chapter 1, nontraditional education is defined, with its essential components and elements as well as its strengths and weaknesses identified. Chapter 2 presents findings on the current status of accreditation of nontraditional education, proposes changes in the process, and touches on a number of related issues such as experiential and prior learning, off-campus degrees and programs, contractual relationships, continuing education, the meaning of degrees, relationships to state and federal agencies, and the costs of accreditation. The implications of the project's findings are presented in Chapter 3, directly addressing the roles and relationships of traditional postsecondary education, the nontraditionalist, and accreditation. Twenty-five recommendations addressed to specific audiences are made in Chapter 4. Significant findings of a national survey undertaken for the project are reported throughout. Appended are a sequential evaluation model for institutions with off-campus programs, a list of advisory committee members, a roster of participating institutions, and a report of the PECA Seminar on the COPA Project. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accreditation (Institutions), Administrative Organization, Conventional Instruction, Costs, Degrees (Academic), Directories, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Evaluation Criteria, Experiential Learning, External Degree Programs, Federal Government, Government Role, Lifelong Learning, Models, National Surveys, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, Performance Contracts, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, State Agencies
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, Washington, DC.