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ERIC Number: ED213289
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Accreditation, Self-Regulation, and Board Responsibility.
Millard, Richard M.
The roles of accrediting associations and college trustees in promoting the quality of educational operations are considered. Voluntary accrediting associations have established a framework for institutional and program self-regulation, including the concept of peer review, and have emphasized the evaluation of institutions and programs in the light of appropriate functions, objectives, goals, and results. Issues pertaining to the relationship of accrediting agencies to their institutional and program members areas follows: acceptance of responsibility for involvement in accreditation by the institution and program members, including the trustees; the need to increase understanding of the value and nature of accreditation with all members of the educational community, the public, and state and federal governments; the adequacy of accreditation standards; the relation of institutions to regional or institutional accreditation on the one hand and to specialized accreditation on the other; and the relationship between voluntary accreditation and the state and federal governments. It is suggested that the role of the trustees in the accreditation process can be critical: trustees should be involved in self-study preparation, in the review of reports of the accrediting visits, in consideration of recommendations in final reports, in the meetings and governance of the accrediting agencies, and in other aspects of the accreditation process. It is suggested that the self-regulatory process of accreditation is important and that state and federal governments should not be involved in accreditation of schools. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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