ERIC Number: ED234681
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun-30
The Quest for Excellence. Annual Report of the Executive Director of the Commission on Higher Education.
Central issues in the effort to maintain quality and integrity in American higher education are addressed in the annual report of the director of the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. It is suggested that creative methods of financing education and a new approach for gaining public support are needed. The Commission has found evidence of increased planning activity on many campuses; however, what often passes for planning are studies and data collection without utilization of the information obtained. In times of financial problems, internal communication is critical, and a useful approach may be to ask faculty to study the economic implications of academic decisions, while trustees and administrators examine the academic implications of economic decisions. The growing involvement of trustees in the accrediting process is an encouraging development. Students attending college represent a spreading spectrum of ages and a growing proportion are job holders. The Commission does not take a position on the balance between part-time and full-time faculty, although there are a number of advantages to the campus community in having full-time faculty members. Developments in accreditation are also discussed, and a list of people who have participated in Commission activities since 1980 is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, College Planning, Financial Problems, Full Time Faculty, Higher Education, Part Time Faculty, Regional Characteristics
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Philadelphia, PA.