ERIC Number: ED471509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Maintaining the Delicate Balance: Distance Learning, Higher Education Accreditation, and the Politics of Self-Regulation. Second in a Series, Distributed Education: Challenges, Choices, and a New Environment.
Eaton, Judith S.
This essay examines the delicate balance of accreditation, the federal government, and the self-regulation of higher education. It explores the challenge of distance learning and what is needed to keep this balance in check. It briefly addresses two related areas in which the responsibilities of institutions and accreditors are growing because of distance learning: protecting students and the public against poor-quality higher education and attending to quality in the emerging internationalization of higher education. This delicate balance of accreditation, the availability of federal money, and the self-regulation of colleges and universities will require careful attention in the future. Distance learning, by altering the academic work of colleges, is changing the responsibilities of accreditors and the expectations of government about what accreditation should do to assure quality. Six appendixes contain supplemental information about accreditation nationally and internationally. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Distance Education, Educational Policy, Federal Regulation, Government Role, Higher Education, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Sponsor: AT&T Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Center for Policy Analysis.; EDUCAUSE, Washington, DC.