ERIC Number: ED414821
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Handbook of Accreditation. Second Edition.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Chicago, IL. Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
This handbook contains accreditation information from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, including general institutional requirements, criteria for accreditation, and policies on educational change. Chapters include: (1) "Introduction to Voluntary Accreditation and the Commission"; (2) "Affiliation with the Commission" (forms of affiliation, institutional obligations, sanctions, record of status and scope); (3) "General Institutional Requirements" (purpose and relationship with the criteria); (4) "Criteria for Accreditation" (patterns of evidence and definitions of the five criteria); (5) "Institutional Evaluation for Improvement" (self-study process and reports); (6) "Peer Review as a Form of Evaluation and Self Regulation" (the consultant-evaluator corps); (7) "Logistics for Evaluation Visits" (institutional and team preparations, conducting the visit); (8) "The Team Report and Recommendation" (audiences, writing responsibilities, report structure, role of the Record of Status and Scope (RSS) and preparation and submission; (9) "Review Processes and Commission Action"; (10) "The Evaluation Process: Charts, Timelines, and Samples"; (11) "Other Monitoring Visits" (focused evaluations, special cases); (12) "Institutional Change" (defining, evaluating); (13) "The Commission's Candidacy Program"; (14) "Special Focus: The Commission's Federal Compliance Program" (policy and procedures); and (15) "Informing the Public" (commission and institutional disclosure). Appended are: rules of procedure, resources on higher education topics, regional accrediting bodies, state agencies in the North Central region, and information on the Commission including offices and staff, calendar, publication, terminology, and common abbreviations, an index, and an index of Commission policies. (BF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Agency Role, College Outcomes Assessment, Colleges, Disclosure, Educational Change, Eligibility, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Evaluation, Organizational Change, Peer Evaluation, Policy, Program Evaluation, Quality Control, Reports, School Visitation, Self Evaluation (Groups), Standards
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504; phone: 800-621-7440; fax: 312-263-7462 ($18).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Chicago, IL. Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.