ERIC Number: ED442071
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Understanding the Implications of Distance Learning for Accreditation and Licensure of Counselors Preparation Programs.
Bobby, Carol L.; Capone, Lucien III
Because the paradigm for delivery of higher education is shifting so markedly in the distance learning environment, accreditors and licensure authorities will face new challenges in determining what constitutes quality education. Standards that have traditionally quantified inputs are slowly being altered to measure student learning outcomes. Knowing where, when, and how to alter standards is not always easy. Accreditors and licensing authorities have had little time to prepare for changes or to define what constitutes good practices and standards when examining distance learning programs. However, it is imperative that they begin to work together immediately to create a quality assurance system that is relevant to new learning environments and protective of the public's interest. This chapter first explores basic definitions of distance learning, accreditation and licensure, and outcomes assessment. It then addresses the question of how accreditation and licensure of educational programs will have to change. It also provides the following recommendations to insure that accreditation remains relevant: (1) review and rewrite accreditation standards to make them outcomes versus inputs oriented; (2) educate the public on what questions are being asked to evaluate quality educational offerings in the new learning paradigm; and (3) reduce duplication of effort of educational programs by encouraging cooperation between and among accrediting agencies and licensing authorities. (Contains 25 references.) (MKA)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Certification, Counselor Training, Distance Education, Evaluation, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, State Regulation
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
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