ERIC Number: ED243369
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Minority Involvement in the Accreditation Process.
Simmons, Howard L.
Perspectives concerning the lack of participation of many minority persons in colleges and universities in the accreditation process are offered, along with recommendations for accrediting agencies, colleges, and minorities. It is noted that the executive staffs of accrediting bodies have no blacks. Further, no staff of the national agencies has any minority representation, and only two of the six regional agencies have black executive staff. Practices of the Middle States region include the following: the usual method of identifying potential evaluators is through recommendations from chief executive officers or college chief academic officers; generally, few persons who have had no previous evaluation experience are appointed to an evaluation team; and some blacks and other minority groups turn down the opportunity to serve on teams. Suggestions for accrediting agencies include: involve more minorities from all types of higher education institutions in activities; and instruct evaluation team members to review the institution's commitment to equity in enrollment and employment. Recommendations for colleges include: include minority staff in campus self-study; and become more aggressive in the identification of competent minorities for evaluation teams. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Northeast Regional Conference of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges National Conference on Black American Affairs (April l984).