ERIC Number: ED473066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Comparing the Costs and Benefits of Re-Accreditation Processes. AIR 2002 Forum Paper.
Shibley, Lisa R.; Volkwein, J. Fredericks
This study examined the costs and benefits of reaccredidation processes at a public research university. A case study approach was used to examining the costs and benefits of reaccredidation activities by Middle States Association (MSA), American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business-International Association for Management Education (AACSB), and Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) under separate and combined conditions. The costs and benefits of a recent accreditation review (2000) were compared to similar accreditation processes in an earlier decade (1991). Data sources include library archives, meeting observations, institutional records, and interviews with purposefully selected faculty and administrative staff and accreditation site visitors. In 1991, 28 university staff, faculty, and administrators were interviewed; in 2000, 27 people were interviewed. The evidence suggests that the joint process is less costly (more efficient), and that the institutional benefits are greater, especially since the combined accreditation process was linked to the institutions ongoing strategic planning process. (Contains 12 tables and 19 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Institutional Research (42nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 2-5, 2002).