ERIC Number: ED191406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of OE Criteria for the Recognition of Accrediting and State Approval Agencies. Part I, Reliability, Validity, Impact, and Suggestions.
Warren, Jonathan R.
The criteria and procedures by which accrediting and state approval agencies are evaluated were assessed to determine how well they identify the agencies that can be relied on to make sound judgments of educational quality. The detailed examination of the content of the staff reports, the judgments of the relative importance of specific agency attributes, simulated decisions, and a conference led to the following conclusions: the existing criteria address the important issues in identifying agencies that perform effectively in evaluating the quality of educational programs and institutions; the criteria have been applied consistently, and the decisions reached have been appropriate. The study also showed, though, that while substantive changes in the criteria are not necessary, the recognition process would probably be improved through a restructuring and clarifying of the existing criteria, and through development of more effective procedures for evaluating the criteria addressed to quality of performance rather than to the existence of appropriate procedures. Appendices include criteria for recognition, a questionnaire on the importance of accrediting agency characteristics, mean ranks of comparative importance, a questionnaire on changes in accrediting and approval, suggestions for modifying the recognition process, and an instrument for external validation of Office of Education judgments. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Program Evaluation (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Berkeley, CA.