ERIC Number: ED223274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr-5
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Nursing and Allied Health Professional Organizations and Accrediting Agencies on Community College Curricula. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the National Council of Instructional Administrators (St. Louis, Missouri, April 4-7, 1982).
American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC. National Council of Instructional Administrators.
The influence of professional accreditation on community college nursing and allied health curricula is discussed in these five papers. First, Robert Evans presents the community college viewpoint, distinguishing between general/institutional and programmatic accreditation, outlining the growth of programmatic accreditation, and citing as concerns the financial cost of specialized accreditation activities, the increasingly narrow focus of accrediting agencies, and the relationship between accreditation and program quality. Bernadine Hallinan then presents the nursing viewpoint, noting activities of the National League for Nursing in promoting nursing education, i.e., testing, consultation, continuing education, publications, research, and accreditation, and citing reasons for seeking program accreditation related to self-analysis, quality assurance, and career mobility of graduates. An accreditation viewpoint is expressed by John Fauser, who discusses the purpose of specialized accreditation and the responsibilities and current concerns of the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation. Next, William MacLeod summarizes the three viewpoints and discusses the history of specialized accreditation, its purposes and concerns, and how accreditation issues may be addressed by accrediting agencies, the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, and the institutions. Finally, Gladys Hatfield surveys current literature on specialized accreditation issues. (KL)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC. National Council of Instructional Administrators.