ERIC Number: ED449857
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Handbook of Accreditation and Policy Manual. 1996 Edition.
Lindquist, Sue; Hilmes, Mary Ann
This handbook provides current regional accreditation eligibility requirements and accreditation standards for community, junior, and specialized two-year colleges. It is intended for the use of institutions under review, members of evaluation teams, and others that are concerned with good practice in associate degree-granting institutions. Institutional accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges is a voluntary, nongovernmental process involving institutional self-study and professional peer review. Standards for accreditation represent generally accepted definitions of good practice in education. The ten standards utilized are: institutional mission, institutional integrity, institutional effectiveness, educational programs, student support and development, information and learning resources, faculty and staff, physical resources, financial resources, and governance and administration. Each standard includes an overall goal statement, as well as a series of specific objectives. For example, in the area of curriculum and instruction, the institution needs to have clearly defined processes for establishing and evaluating all of its educational programs. The institution should also define and publish for each program the program's educational objectives for students. This report also provides guidelines indicating Commission expectation for colleges preparing for an eligibility review. For educational objectives, documentation such as catalog statements, which establish educational objectives for programs, outcomes data from educational program reviews and or graduation history, can be used for eligibility applications. (JA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Santa Rosa, CA.