ERIC Number: ED213271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Quality Control: The Case of College Programs on Military Bases.
Bailey, Stephen K.
The quality of college programs at 13 U.S. military bases and the activities of various agencies for maintaining quality control were evaluated. Based on site visits to military bases in the continental United States and Hawaii in 1978, some academic programs appeared to have few standards and practices that promote quality. It is claimed that base commanders and the education service officers have problems by not securing outside, respected academic advice in selecting the colleges and universities (local or distant) to be allowed on the base, and by ill-defining the scope and mix of their academic programs. Problems were found with regard to maintaining high academic standards in the hiring of instructional staff, curricular deviations from traditional academic norms, intensive weekend programs offered twice a month, credit for basic training and correspondence courses, little or no residency requirements, inadequacies in educational counseling, and inadequate facilities. Existing systems for quality control of college programs at military bases are considered for: the U.S. Congress, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Office of the Secretary of each of the armed services, various education commands of the armed services, base or ship commanders, education service officers, participating colleges and universities, state licensing and/or higher education coordinating bodies, associations of higher education, federal agencies that award or monitor grants, and regional and professional accrediting bodies. Appended materials include information on off-duty educational programs of the four services, found on 13 military bases, and a bibliography. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Academic Standards, Accountability, Accrediting Agencies, Armed Forces, College Credits, College Programs, Cooperative Programs, Educational Assessment, Educational Facilities, Educational Quality, Equivalency Tests, Extension Education, Federal Regulation, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Military Air Facilities, Military Personnel, Residence Requirements, Satellite Facilities, Teacher Qualifications, Transfer Policy
American Association for Higher Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.