ERIC Number: ED202305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
[Reactions to the American Institutes of Research Study. Federal, National, and State Perspectives. Collected Remarks.]
Hollander, T. Edward; And Others
Reactions to the American Institutes for Research (AIR) study of state legal chartering and approval procedures are presented. In presenting a federal perspective, Alfred Moye notes that the AIR study both assessed the degree to which postsecondary state licensing and approval agencies provide student consumer protection and suggested strategies that might help state agencies acquire stronger laws and enforcement mechanisms. It was found that 48 states and the District of Columbia exercise some sort of licensing authority over private nondegree-granting institutions, and that 38 states exercise specific licensing authority over traditional private nondegree-granting institutions. In presenting a state perspective, T. Edward Hollander suggests that a more generous federal recognition of the state role in higher education is needed, that state oversight for degree-granting institutions should be in authority of a state agency that is reasonably separated from the everyday political decision-making, and that the state's role with the degree-granting sector may be most effective if its efforts are limited to defining standards and encouraging the establishement of self-policing arrangements within the higher education community. While voluntary accreditation has specific problems, it is argued that state agencies should rely heavily upon voluntary accreditation. Some concerns about potential and actual abuses by state licensing agencies are raised. In presenting a national/federal perspective, John D. Phillips provides information on specific events that preceded the AIR report and suggests that a massive readjustment in the balance of power between government and other institutions is at issue. It is argued that the possibilities for voluntary self-regulation, preferably through expansion of accreditation processes, need to be explored. (SW)
Descriptors: Accountability, Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Consumer Protection, Educational Malpractice, Eligibility, Federal State Relationship, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Standards, State Agencies, State Government, State Licensing Boards
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.