ERIC Number: ED421992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Assurance in Distance Education.
Zuniga, Etter; Krauth, Barbara
Policy Insights, April 1996
This publication is one of a series designed as a companion to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)'s fact book, "Policy Indicators for Higher Education: WICHE States." The title article maintains that the growth of distance learning programs has heightened existing concerns about their quality. Institutions can ensure that the programs they deliver at a distance meet high academic standards. States can empower the education consumer by providing information on how to identify quality programming. Higher education governing boards can enforce quality standards in program review and provide institutions with financial incentives for developing quality programming. Accrediting bodies can establish assessment and evaluation standards directed at ensuring quality distance education programming. Finally, regional organizations can facilitate the sharing of quality instructional programming. The publication also contains a table summarizing the "Principles of Good Practice for Electronically Offered Degree and Certificate Programs." (DLS)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Certification, Distance Education, Educational Quality, Extension Education, External Degree Programs, Higher Education, Information Policy, Institutional Evaluation, Open Universities, Quality Control
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.