ERIC Number: ED427624
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
The Board's Role in Accreditation. Strategic Decisions. Board Basics.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
This booklet for members of college and university governing boards focuses on the process of voluntary accreditation and provides trustees with information needed to ensure institutional autonomy and integrity. Accreditation is defined as involving both institutional accreditation, conducted by eight regional and eight national associations, and specialized or programmatic accreditation, conducted by about 50 national professional organizations. Briefly noted are the history and possible future of accreditation. Recommendations for general accreditation involvement include the following: (1) board members should be informed of the history, current practice, and strengths and weaknesses of relevant accrediting associations; (2) the board should participate actively in accreditation self-study activities; (3) the board should be informed of the objectives and activities of the visiting accreditation team; (4) the board or its representatives should meet with the visiting accreditation team; and (5) the board should review the final report of the accrediting team and evaluate its findings. Recommendations for board participation in specialized/professional accreditation include the following: first, trustees should be familiar with the purpose and general requirements of the specialized accrediting organizations; second, boards should be informed of highlights of the findings of specialized accrediting organizations; and, third, board members should participate in the periodic review of specialized accreditation practices. (DB)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Administrator Role, Governance, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Self Evaluation (Groups), Trustees
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.