ERIC Number: ED301299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Accreditation Survey, 1987: Perceptions of Effectiveness and Usefulness, Opinions about Peer Review, Comments and Suggestions for Improvement.
Berg, Ernest H.
A survey was conducted by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to assess the impact of accreditation on institutional members of the association. Questionnaires were mailed to the chief executive officers (CEO's) of all public and private two-year colleges in the region. The CEO's were to ask the chief instructional, business, and student services officers, the president of the faculty senate, the chair of the board of trustees, the self-study chair, and the accreditation liaison officer to complete the survey. The questionnaire solicited information on the accreditation experience of the respondents, the effectiveness of the self-study and team report in identifying institutional strengths and weaknesses, institutional changes resulting from accreditation, attitudes about the process, support for applying accrediting standards rather than institutional goals, satisfaction with the composition of peer evaluation teams, congruence between self-study and team reports, and recommendations for improvement. Selected findings, based on responses from 614 individuals at 135 colleges, included the following: (1) respondents felt that the self-study was a more effective indicator of institutional strengths and weaknesses than the team report; (2) changes initiated as a result of the accrediting process occurred most frequently in the areas of educational evaluation, educational planning, the library, goals and objectives, governance, and financial planning; and (3) 93% of the respondents agreed that the accrediting process maintains and enhances school integrity and quality. (AJL)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Administrator Attitudes, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Evaluation Methods, Institutional Evaluation, Organizational Objectives, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Self Evaluation (Groups), Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Trustees, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Aptos, CA. Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.