ERIC Number: ED262772
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Accreditation and Authorization of Distance Learning through Telecommunications. Policy Statement.
State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, Washington, DC.
This statement summarizes the results of a 2-year study on assessing long distance learning by telecommunications. Supported by a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the study focused on the rapid development and use of telecommunications to offer postsecondary education, and the need to ensure the quality and integrity of this instructional activity. After an initial definition of telecommunications instruction, guidelines for telecommunications education are provided in three sections: general principles, procedures, and implementation. The statements on general principles and procedures cover responsibilities of educational institutions, focus of states' authorization and non-governmental accreditation activities, and role of other institutions involved in telecommunications instruction. Specific recommendations are then made for the implementation of these responsibilities, including suggestions for communications between the various participating agencies and strategies for obtaining appropriate recognition from state agencies and accrediting bodies. Concluding remarks call for accrediting institutions to adopt the stated procedures and principles to ensure high quality and integrity of telecommunications instruction. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, Washington, DC.