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ERIC Number: ED363259
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Joint Accreditation and State Program Reviews: Breaking New Ground.
LeMon, R. E.; Pitter, Gita Wijesinghe
To meet increasing demand, the State University System (SUS) of Florida has initiated joint program evaluations with the major professional accrediting bodies. As accreditation and program reviews typically demand similar information and similar procedures the two activities can be synchronized. The purpose of assessing and enhancing quality, a cornerstone of both types of review, forms the basis for joint reviews. SUS has developed and used a variety of models to suit the parameters of each review: first, coordinating only the self-study component; second, Board staff reviewing the self-study document prepared for accreditation, accompanying the accreditation examining team on the site visit, and reviewing the accreditation report; third, coordinated site visits with different reports; and, fourth, coordination of both site visit and self-study. Particularly difficult is synchronizing reviews involving programs at several universities. SUS lessons learned from coordination efforts include: (1) reviews should be carefully timed to allow for preparation and complex scheduling; (2) joint reviews should be conducted only with strong accrediting bodies; (3) many options should be considered; (4) different models should be used for different circumstances; (5) the increased manpower of joint reviews can result in greater site visit efficiency; (6) the SUS consultant/s should not vote on accreditation standards if involved in the entire site visit. (Contains three references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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