ERIC Number: ED377760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Independence, Accreditation, and the Public Interest. Special Report on Accreditation.
National Policy Board on Higher Education Institutional Accreditation, Washington, DC.
This report outlines the National Policy Board (NPB) on Higher Education Institutional Accreditation's position on the state of higher education accreditation in the United States, in light of the many challenges faced by the current system of voluntary accreditation, peer review, and self-regulation. Federal and state governments, along with college presidents and others, are questioning the utility of voluntary accreditation and instituting organizations and procedures that may limit the independence of American colleges and universities. The report proposes that the NPB create a new organization, the Higher Education Accreditation Board (HEAB), and charter it to protect institutional independence and advance the public interest by: (1) defining common institutional eligibility requirements describing the essential characteristics of institutions seeking membership in regional accrediting entities; (2) requiring regional accrediting entities seeking recognition from the HEAB to demonstrate that their standards conform to a common core of accreditation standards; (3) encouraging member institutions and accrediting agencies to provide substantive public reports on the results of reviews of institutions; and (4) establishing a board with a majority of public members and heavy representation by institutional chief executives to govern HEAB. (MDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Policy Board on Higher Education Institutional Accreditation, Washington, DC.