ERIC Number: ED458866
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Tribal College and University Accreditation: A Comparative Study.
Putman, T. Elizabeth Mennell
In the context of tribal colleges, accreditation is a complex issue. This study, which is a replication of a study by J. McDonald in 1982, is an examination of how the perceptions of tribal college faculty, staff, and governing board members toward the importance and impact of accreditation have changed since 1982. Surveys were administered to the presidents, full-time faculty, chief administrative officers, and governing board members at the same 14 tribal colleges that participated in the 1982 study. Responses were compared to those from 1982 using the chi-square test of independence to determine if views toward accreditation have changed significantly. Despite the changes in accreditation (such as agencies emphasizing assessment over minimum standards) and the changes in the tribal colleges since 1982, tribal college administrator, faculty, and board member perceptions and attitudes toward accreditation remain largely unchanged. Significant differences in this study were found for response patterns by ethnicity and school type (defined by the highest degree offered), but not among the different groups. Findings suggest that tribal college officials are generally satisfied with accreditation and believe in its importance and its functions. Seven appendixes contain the questionnaires for the 1982 and current studies, with supporting cover letters and followup materials. (Contains 5 figures, 43 tables, and 71 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctor of Philosophy dissertation, University of Texas at Austin.