ERIC Number: ED265807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Quality and Accreditation. A Call for Diversity, Continuity and Innovation.
Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, Washington, DC.
Issues concerning postsecondary educational quality and accreditation are addressed. To pursue excellence, colleges and accrediting agencies must: build on present strengths and recognize the need for continuous improvement; respond to demographic changes and the growth of knowledge and technology; pursue well-defined missions and objectives; view accreditation as a major means of self-regulation; and respect the value of diversity, continuity, and innovation. Different types of colleges serve diverse populations, and complex skills learned in college are built on basic skills developed earlier. Innovative arrangements among institutions include: high school students enrolled in college classes and projects, and faculty exchanges between schools and colleges. The quality of an educational process relates to: the appropriateness of its objectives, effective use of resources to achieve objectives, and the degree to which objectives are achieved. Accreditation helps promote quality in two areas: the continuing demand for stating and refining institutional mission and program objectives, and emphasis on breadth as well as depth in undergraduate preparation. Responsibilities of colleges and accrediting bodies are identified that are essential to maintaining and improving postsecondary educational quality. A press release concerning the report is included with the document. (SW)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Agency Role, Articulation (Education), Change Strategies, College Role, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Postsecondary Education, Undergraduate Study
Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, One Dupont Circle, Suite 305, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, Washington, DC.