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ERIC Number: ED177944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Opinions about Accreditation and Interagency Cooperation: The Results of a Nationwide Survey of COPA Institutions.
Pigge, Fred L.
The results of a nationwide survey of accredited institutions investigating opinions about accreditation and interagency cooperation and about accrediting activities in the institutions surveyed are reported. The survey sample consisted of 593 institutions and their 2144 academic units/programs. Of these, 426 institutions and 1175 of heads of programs responded to the survey. The primary purpose of the survey was to gather data that would indicate the extent to which institutions wished to pursue cooperative accrediting arrangements. An overwhelming majority of those who had not experienced cooperative accreditation desired to participate in future cooperative endeavors and an overwhelming majority of those who had experienced joint ventures desired to continue such activities. Respondents who had experienced cooperative accreditation indicated very positive evaluation of such activities. Opinions about accreditation in general indicated that most respondents believed that both institutional (or regional) and specialized accreditation are necessary and that each type produces positive results. In terms of benefits, accreditation efforts are not considered too costly. Opinions about the problems involved in accreditation by more than one agency and about cooperative accrediting arrangements were also discussed. Appendices include the survey instrument and cover letters and summaries of the comments and suggestions offered by the respondents. (SC)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Administrative Problems, Higher Education, Institutional Administration, Institutional Cooperation, National Surveys, Opinions, Postsecondary Education, Program Administration, Questionnaires, State Standards, Statistical Data, Surveys
Committee on Postsecondary Education, Suite 760, One Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, Washington, DC.