ERIC Number: ED363197
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Candidacy as a Transformational Process.
Butler, Marylou; Waterman, Robert D.
This paper analyzes the accreditation candidacy of New Mexico's Southwestern College (SC) and sees it as a transformational process for the institution. SC is a private, non-profit, special-purpose, graduate level institution in Santa Fe, New Mexico which offers masters programs in counseling and art therapy. The school achieved candidacy for accreditation in February, 1992, following an unsuccessful attempt in 1988-89. The accreditation process affected leadership of the institution through a shift from presidential to Board leadership after a long period of leadership by the founding president. The process made the organizational development more consistent with SC educational philosophy, mission, and purposes through examination of what was thought to be a participatory management style and discovery that a situational management was in place that was no longer suitable to the institution. The process changed the educational mission and programs through a reworking of the mission statement and educational philosophy as distinct statements, a phasing out of the Bachelors degree completion program, and reassessment of student recruitment efforts. Finally, the process changed the institutional relationship to accreditation so that SC now sees accreditation as integral to the fulfillment of its vision rather than as an external hurdle. Includes an appendix comparing approaches to accreditation, a 28-item bibliography, and 6 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwestern Coll., Santa Fe, NM.