ERIC Number: ED356352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec-29
Accreditation of Continuing Professional Education: A Project for Improving Continuing Professional Education Accreditation through Greater Involvement of National Associations, Accrediting Bodies, and Certifying Organizations.
Rochte, Newton C.
Unlike traditional postsecondary education, continuing professional education (CPE) does not have a long-established system of legally recognized program providers coupled with a quality control mechanism of institutional and specialized accrediting bodies. Accrediting bodies are just beginning to insist on CPE quality standards comparable to their standards for credit-granting institutions. Inadequate service in the disorderly marketplace of CPE programs by reputable and legally recognized accreditation bodies and the reluctance of the Council on Postsecondary Institutions to legitimize continuing education programs make it imperative for action to be taken in improving the current CPE system of accreditation. A research for action project has been proposed to improve postsecondary education accreditation in general and CPE in particular. One intended outcome of the project is to develop a model of excellence for accreditation of CPE programs for practitioners in professional fields, including those for whom state licensure is required. A literature review helped determine purposes and outcomes of CPE accreditation. Prospective users have been identified. A proposed CPE accreditation model has been developed. (Each chapter concludes with a list of references. Chapter V presents the CPE Accreditation Model: Essential Characteristics. Appendixes include a 266-item bibliography, list of potential advisory group members, article on the Delphi as a research tool, schedule of activities, and project glossary.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Educational Assessment, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Institutional Evaluation, Literature Reviews, Models, Postsecondary Education, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Development, Quality Control, Standards, State Standards
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A