ERIC Number: ED175359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Multiple Accreditation Relationships of Postsecondary Institutions in the United States. COPA Technical Report No. 1.
Kells, H. R.; Parrish, Richard M.
Accreditation relationships of postsecondary institutions in the United States are described in this study conducted by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA). All regionally accredited institutions in four of the established regions (Middle States, New England, Western, Northern) and a sample of states from two of the regions (North Central, Southern) were included in the data. Accrediting relationships of institutions that are not regionally accredited, accrediting relationships of regionally accredited institutions, and the results of a longitudinal study of a set of institutions in one region are examined. Also investigated are: the influence of institutional sponsorship, size, and highest degree offered; analysis of the most active specialized accrediting agencies; and cohort analysis for a group of large universities. It is suggested that this type of analysis may improve the effectiveness of accrediting agencies and increase the extent to which their procedures, timetables, and expectations of institutions can be made complementary or synonymous and less costly to institutions. Extensive tabulation of the data is provided and recommendations for further study and agency cooperation are presented. A list of accrediting fields for which agencies are recognized by COPA is appended with coding notations. (SF)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Agency Cooperation, Agency Role, Comparative Analysis, Coordination, Degrees (Academic), Evaluation Methods, Geographic Regions, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Evaluation, Professional Education, School Size, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Data
Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 206, Washington, D.C. 20036 ($3.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rutgers, The State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, Washington, DC.
Note: Several tables may not reproduce well due to marginal legibility of original document; A summary presentation of part of the data was made at the COPA Winter Conference (Charleston, South Carolina, January 31, 1979)