ERIC Number: ED215736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Costs of Programmatic Accreditation for Allied Health Education in the CAHEA [Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation] System: 1980. Executive Summary.
Parks, Robert B.
During 1981, the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) conducted a survey to determine the costs to institutions of the program accreditation process. A memorandum requesting program and institutional information and direct salary expenses was sent to 1,727 institutions sponsoring one or more CAHEA-accredited programs, and a separate request for information on activities and expenditures was sent to CAHEA review committees. Responses from 424 institutions (246 hospitals and 178 colleges and universities) revealed that the fees paid by institutions met an average of 83% of the review committee expenditures; that when costs of voluntary labor were added to actual expenditures, fees met 36% of accreditor costs; that institutions received 3.6 "service value dollars" for each fee dollar paid; that the cost of fees per pupil averaged $13.81, while the accreditor cost per pupil, including voluntary labor, averaged $49.88; and accreditor reimbursement per pupil was $28.47. The study report includes discussions of the overall scope and role of CAHEA and its concerns with accreditation costs; a review of study methodology, findings, and limitations; and details about CAHEA's efforts to restrain the costs of the accreditation process by reducing the number of accreditation visits, teleconferencing, and extending the lengths of accreditation. Appended material provides information on CAHEA fees and policies and the survey instrument. (HB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Medical Association, Chicago, IL. Dept. of Allied Health Education and Accreditation.