ERIC Number: ED409064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Maximizing the Consultant Component of Evaluation Visits for Candidacy Institutions.
Fenter, Glen F.; And Others
In February 1995, Arkansas' Mid-South Community College was granted initial candidacy status for accreditation with the North Central Association (NCA). Following the evaluation visit, college personnel realized that they had been overly concerned about achieving immediate satisfaction of the NCA's General Institutional Requirements and Criteria for accreditation and not sufficiently prepared to benefit from the visit. Therefore, for a second evaluation visit in November 1996 for continued candidacy, the college developed a formative approach to evaluation that focused on the candidacy process as one of learning and growth to refine and fulfill the college's mission. One of the key elements of this approach were efforts made to gain the NCA evaluators help in determining ways to address problems identified during the visit. Self-study committee chairs, faculty, and administrators identified specific topics to discuss with the evaluators, related to how well the college had addressed previous problem areas and strategies for using assessment data in effecting curricular and instructional improvements. Two NCA evaluators acted as consultants to the college, charging the NCA per diem rate and undertaking a "mock" visit prior to the second evaluation visit. In using such an approach, the college leadership should set a positive tone for the process and encourage all constituencies to be open and candid in conversations with visit team members. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (102nd, Chicago, IL, April 19-22, 1997).