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ERIC Number: ED340320
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-13
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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College Presidents' Attitudes toward the Importance of Regional Accreditation.
Waggener, Anna T.; And Others
In the wake of negative publicity about American higher education and public knowledge of measuring student outcomes, a study was done of the importance of regional accreditaiton as perceived by college presidents. Focus of the study was on the relationship of interpersonal values to each president's view of accreditation. Using the Likert Scale and the Survey of Interpersonal Values to measure the attitudes toward accreditation and interpersonal values, presidents from 582 two- and four-year institutions, both accredited and non-accredited, were surveyed. All schools were within the geographic region of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Results of the study suggested that the majority of the 139 (60%) of the college presidents who responded viewed accreditation as "important" to "very important" to the future, with only 14.4 percent calling accreditation "very important." This would seem to be significant for the success of accreditation because the president guides the institutional philosophy and incorporates his past experiences with his or her vision of the institution's future. Presidents also contribute to the success of the process through attitude and personality characteristics but, as the results indicated, not necessarily through their interpersonal values. Included are three tables and five references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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