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ERIC Number: ED324604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 21
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Quantitative Statements in Standards of Three Accrediting Bodies: APA, CACREP, and CSWE.
Peterson, Marla P.; Turner, Janet
The accreditation manual of the Council for Accrediation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) contains a statement that, whenever possible, criteria for assessing standards should be qualitative rather than quantitative. The study reported in this paper was conducted to gather baseline data on the extent to which accrediting bodies have included quantitative terms in standards related to program goals, structures, and processes. Quantitative statements were defined as any reference in an accreditation standard where a numerical value could be attached. Minimum hours, minimum degree levels, numbers of required semesters or quarters, ratios of students to faculty, and percent of increase in funding for library materials are examples of terms that met the criteria for being identified as quantitative. The accreditation manuals of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and CACREP were examined to determine the presence of quantitative statements in the standards of these bodies. A model which included 47 categories of accrediting information revealed that, when compared to APA and CSWE, CACREP had more categories which included quantitative information and was more expansive on quantitative statements within each category. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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