ERIC Number: ED446627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Handbook of Accreditation.
Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, Pittsburgh, PA.
Accreditation is a primary means of quality assurance in North American higher education. The seven sections of this handbook (an eighth will follow) explain the accreditation process of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). The first section, "An Introduction to Accreditation by ATS," provides brief descriptions of the meaning, purposes, characteristics, and benefits of ATS accreditation. Section 2, "Guidelines for Conducting an Institutional Self-Study," provides guidance to schools undertaking a self-study in terms of: (1) the overall purposes of the self-study; (2) the primary work of the self-study; (3) recommended procedures for conducting a self-study; and (4) expectations of the Commission on Accrediting regarding the final self-study report. Section 3, "Guidelines for Institutions Receiving ATS Accreditation Evaluation Committees," describes the activities that the school should undertake prior to the visit, during the visit, and following the visit of the evaluation committee. It also describes ATS procedures related to accreditation evaluation visits. Section 4, "Guidelines for Members of ATS Accreditation Committees," presents guidelines on: (1) the qualifications, appointment, and expectations of committee members; (2) the work of the committee, including preparation for the visit, conducting the visit, and tasks that follow the visit; (3) a typical schedule; and (4) administrative procedures and policies. The fifth section, "Using the ATS Standards of Accreditation in Institutional Evaluation," discusses: (1) how characteristics of the standards influence their use in institutional evaluation; (2) how the general model of evaluation in the ATS standards informs the self-study and accreditation peer processes; and (3) questions for each area of the standards that schools can ask in the context of their self-studies and accreditation committee members can ask in the context of their evaluation visit. Section 6, "Guidelines Adopted by the ATS Commission on Accrediting," contains guidelines on: (1) petitioning the ATS Commission on Accrediting for approval of extension education programs; (2) evaluation of proposals for programs of international theological education; (3) petitioning the Commission for approval of new or revised degree programs; and (4) petitioning the Commission for candidacy for accredited status. Section 7, "Guidelines for Evaluating Globalization in ATS Schools," assists schools in the self-study process to consider how they will address the globalization theme in the ATS standards and assists accreditation committees in the evaluation of institutional and educational efforts toward globalizing theological education. (EV)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accreditation (Institutions), Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Quality Control, Self Evaluation (Groups), Theological Education
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, Pittsburgh, PA.