ERIC Number: ED485645
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Accreditation, Public Policy and Presidential Leadership. Letter from the President
Eaton, Judith S.
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
Accreditation's public policy roles focus on four significant relationships: (1) the relationship between accreditation and government, (2) the relationship between accreditation and the private sector, especially corporations (employers) and foundations, (3) the relationship between accreditation and students (and the general public) and (4) accreditation's relationship with colleges and universities. These relationships and public policy roles need to be shaped and defined by the leadership of higher education, especially the presidents of colleges and universities working with accrediting organizations. This brief report concludes that yes, accreditation is a familiar process by which the institutions and programs that presidents lead are reviewed for quality. But accreditation plays major public policy roles as well--with federal and state government, with the private sector through corporations and foundations, with students and the public, and with higher education itself. Presidents playing additional leadership roles in accreditation can only enhance its stature and importance as a matter of public policy.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Washington, DC.