ERIC Number: ED267698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Involvement and Empowerment of Minorities and Women in the Accrediting Process.
Bender, Louis W.; And Others
The involvement of women and minorities in the accrediting process was studied nationally. The experiences of women and minorities who participated in the accrediting process were surveyed, including perceived or actual empowerment derived from participation. Views of accrediting agencies and member institutions were also assessed. Respondents identified problems associated with identifying, selecting, and utilizing women and minorities in the accrediting process, as well as institutional and accrediting agency level barriers. Participation in both institutional and specialized/professional accreditation was addressed. Institutions reported whether participation in accrediting was formally or informally considered as a positive factor in a variety of institutional policies. The institutions' policy in identifying participants for self-study committees and task groups, as well as the make-up of such groups, was determined. Agencies described actions taken in the last 3 years to expand participation of women and minorities. Response pattern and written comments provided an impression that the study of participation of minorities and women in the accrediting process was discomforting or threatening. There was consistent and strong agreement that participation in the accrediting process is perceived as empowering. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee. Coll. of Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 16-19, 1986).