ERIC Number: ED342379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Distance Learning and Accreditation. Proceedings of a Professional Development Program (April 1991).
Lenn, Marjorie Peace, Ed.
The Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA) held a professional development program in the spring of 1991, which focused on distance learning and accreditation. This report contains the keynote address, given by Michael B. Goldstein, and six papers from that program. In the first paper, "Distance Learning and Issues of Educational Quality," Paula Hooper Mayhew argues that three concerns should be considered when addressing the requirements of distance education: the nature of teaching as a vocation, the nature of degree-program planning in higher education, and the nature of adult learning styles. In the second paper, "Accreditation and Authorization Issues," Kate Gulliver notes the concerns of and key issues for accreditors, state approving agencies, colleges, organizations, and employers, and offers suggestions to address the issues raised. In the third paper, "The Impact of Distance Learning on the Process of Accreditation," June Lester comments on the impact of distance learning components on the accreditation process, specifically self-study, the site visit, and interim monitoring procedures. In the fourth paper, "Distance Learning: Issues from the Perspective of a State Authorization Agency," Timothy M. Grieder discusses the role of state licensing boards in setting and maintaining state education standards, the interaction between the state and distance education institutions, and the concerns surrounding intrastate distance education. In the fifth paper, "Distance Learning: Implications for Accreditation," Steven Crow discusses the standards and criteria for distance learning and their implications for accreditation. In the final paper, "Summary: Distance Learning and the Implications for Accrediting Bodies and Accreditation," Allan O. Pfnister focuses on the broad concerns of regional and other accrediting agencies. (DB)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Adult Learning, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Legislation, Educational Quality, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Interaction, State Licensing Boards, State Standards, Telecommunications
Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 305, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, Washington, DC.
Note: Professional Development Series.