ERIC Number: ED276343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Involvement and Empowerment of Minorities and Women in the Accrediting Process: Report of a National Study.
Simmons, Howard L.; And Others
The participation of minorities and women in the accrediting process was examined in a national study, based on the perspectives of the accrediting agencies, the member institutions, and active participants in the process. Accrediting agencies belonging to the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation provided names of colleges that conducted a self-study in a 3-year period. Survey instruments were sent to the accrediting agencies and a sample of the colleges. Women and minorities who had been identified by the institutions were also surveyed to determine their experiences in the accrediting process as well as perceived or actual empowerment derived from such participation. Findings included: better data on the participation of minorities and women in accreditation are needed; 89% of respondent colleges viewed participation in accreditation as being prestigious and as an enhancer of professional mobility, and nearly all individual participants indicated that involvement had resulted in some form of empowerment; all but three of the accrediting agency policy-making boards reported female representation, while 12 agencies reported no minority board membership. Additional findings and recommendations to accrediting agencies, colleges, and participants are provided, along with the survey questionnaires. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State and Regional Higher Education Center, Florida.