ERIC Number: ED419446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar-16
Reference Count: N/A
Effective Collaboration for the Twenty-First Century: The Commission and Its Stakeholders.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Chicago, IL. Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
This report presents the recommendations of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE), part of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools, following a comprehensive self-study focusing on the Commission's mission and purposes, its current effectiveness, and its future direction. The self-study involved a review of mission and vision statements, a survey of 900 institutions of higher education, a survey of affiliated institutions (n=251), telephone interviews with 34 individuals representative of stakeholders in higher education, interviews with the commissioners of the CIHE, staff interviews, reviews of documents, and discussions at annual meetings. Results of the self-study are reported in graphs, tables, and narratives. The study resulted in seven major recommendations: (1) modification of the periodic comprehensive review process to address institutional differences; (2) expansion of the communication process to increase understanding about accreditation; (3) review of internal processes/structure to ensure timeliness of response, value-added components, elimination of duplication, and service orientation; (4) encouragement of instructional improvement and greater access to higher education; (5) greater leadership by the NCA in such areas as partnerships with other accrediting agencies and research support; (6) development of a self-reporting format to encourage dialogue and quality improvement by institutions; and (7) continued analysis of the self-study data. Appendices provide additional data tables. (DB)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Diversity (Institutional), Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Instructional Improvement, Long Range Planning, Organizational Objectives, Organizations (Groups), Regional Programs, Self Evaluation (Groups), Strategic Planning, Surveys, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Chicago, IL. Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.