ERIC Number: ED421024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Are Voluntary Accrediting Associations Becoming Government Agencies? The Current Answer: No! But the Struggle Continues.
Harcleroad, Fred F.
A discussion of the relationship between college and university accreditation and public policy concerning higher education begins by chronicling some events and trends involving each since 1913. A triad of players in the accreditation question is then described, and the history and role of each is examined. These players include the voluntary accrediting associations (regional and national), the accrediting functions of state governments, and the federal agencies concerned with institutional accreditation policy. A concluding section looks at the varied uses of accreditation that have evolved over a century, and some reasons that special accreditation issues concerning the federal government have arisen. The delicate balance and constant tension in which the triad operates is emphasized. It is concluded that the accreditation associations are not government agencies currently, and will not be in the conceivable future, but have a quasi-public relationship that requires stewardship and attention to the public service for which they were created. Contains 19 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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