ERIC Number: ED201247
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Dental School Accreditation Costs: The Impact of Accreditation on Dental Education at the University of Maryland Dental School, 1981.
Moreland, Ernest F.; Linthicum, Dorothy S.
The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery (University of Maryland) measured direct and indirect costs of the school's 1981 accreditation visit. The four objectives of the cost study were these: (1) to determine the direct (wages and operating expenditures) and indirect (effect on school goals and morale) cost of accreditation to the Dental School; (2) to determine the effectiveness of the institutional accreditation process; (3) to develop a cost model for other institutions; and (4) to develop strategies for future accreditation visits. The Cost Assessment Program (CAP), established to evaluate costs associated with accreditation, was divided into three phases: Phase One established a cost center to monitor the direct and indirect cost of accreditation; Phase Two involved the initiation of the self-study; and Phase Three concerned itself with direct operating and personnel cost. Among the findings were that faculty, administrators, and secretarial staff spent almost 10,000 work hours on the self-study; student attitudes on the whole were positive, although 82 percent felt greater student involvement was necessary; and direct costs of preparing for the site visit, from August 1980 to January 1981, were about $39,000. It is concluded that the accrediting process provides a good mechanism for reevaluation, planning, and goal setting. Appendices include statistical data as well as letters, forms and charts used in the study, and references. (LC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maryland Univ., Baltimore.; American Fund for Dental Health.
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., Baltimore. Coll. of Dental Surgery.