ERIC Number: ED194005
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Funding Quality Improvement: Lessons from the FIPSE Experience. Proliferation and Agency Effectiveness in Accreditation: An Institutional Bill of Rights. Current Issues in Higher Education, No. 2, 1980.
American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Two papers, and a commentary for each, are presented. In "Funding Quality Improvement: Lessons from the FIPSE Experience," by Charles I. Bunting, the development, strategies, and evaluation of the federally funded Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) are described. It is noted that FIPSE's strategy for achieving learner-centered improvement assumes that the best and most appropriate creativity, analysis, programmatic wisdom, and ultimate responsibility are at the local level. Other possible applications of this strategy or its premises are explored. Commentaries are provided by Charles Bingman, Sol Pelavin, and Kenneth W. Tolo. "Proliferation and Agency Effectiveness in Accreditation: An Institutional Bill of Rights," by H. R. Kells, discusses the increasingly acknowledged interaction of the institutions with the accrediting agencies as the institutions attempt to weigh the benefits of accreditation against the costs. Four recommendations are made regarding agency proliferation and duplication (reduction, coordination, and efficiency and control of visits and reports), and six recommendations are made concerning agency effectiveness (validation of standards, on-campus staff assistance, evaluation team activity improvement, appeal rights, and representation of the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation). An institutional bill of rights incorporating these ideas is provided. Commentaries are given by Robert L. Ketter, William H. Knisely, and Kenneth E. Young. (MSE)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Agency Role, College Role, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Institutional Autonomy, Instructional Improvement, Postsecondary Education, Professional Associations, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Proceedings
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.