ERIC Number: ED446329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Understanding the Implications of Distance Learning for Accreditation and Licensure of Counselor Preparation Programs. ERIC/CASS Digest.
Bobby, Carol L.; Capone, Lucien, III
Accreditation and licensure standards must shift radically to accommodate the use of new distance learning technologies. Furthermore, the movement from teacher-centered to learner-centered environments results in the need for the accreditation and licensure paradigms to be reevaluated in order to remain relevant; carry out their original functions of accountability, quality assurance, and consumer protections; and not impede the development of distance learning programs. This digest discusses the need for outcomes assessment in order to revise existing standards so that they will be effective within the new learning paradigm. Licensure and state regulation of distance learning are examined. The following recommendations are provided: rewrite standards to make them outcomes versus inputs oriented; educate the public about accreditation of distance learning; and encourage cooperation between and among accrediting agencies and licensing authorities. (MKA)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), College Outcomes Assessment, Counselor Certification, Counselor Training, Distance Education, Higher Education, Standards, State Regulation
ERIC Counseling and Student Services Clearinghouse, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 201 Ferguson Building, P.O. Box 26171, Greensboro, NC 27402-6171. Tel: 336-334-4114; Tel: 800-414-9769 (Toll Free); Fax: 336-334-4116; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://ericcass.uncg.edu.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.