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ERIC Number: ED549128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 151
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2673-4782-4
Higher Education Administrators' Perceptions of the Academic Quality Improvement Project as Compared to the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality within the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
McDonough, Jennifer Nobles
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Kent State University
The purpose of this study was to examine higher education administrators' perceptions of the effectiveness of the Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP) as compared to the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ) within the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Internal and external constituents pressure institutions of higher education to continuously account for and examine their processes, goals, and outcomes. Accreditation allows institutions to address their constituents by conducting self-assessments and receive critical peer evaluations through non-governmental agencies. These self-assessments and peer evaluations enable institutions to better understand and communicate institutional objectives and processes while continually engaging in institutional strategic planning. NCA member institutions currently holding an accredited status following AQIP and institutions following PEAQ were surveyed to determine comparisons between the processes, stakeholder involvement, effect on strategic planning, effect on academic quality, and outcomes. As of August 28, 2008, the total number of AQIP and PEAQ institutions accredited within the NCA through the HLC was confirmed by Lil Nakutis, Information Management Coordinator at the HLC to be 190 AQIP and 819 PEAQ. The 190 AQIP institutions represent all the traditional classifications of higher education institutions with varying enrollments comparable to the PEAQ accredited institutions in the NCA. There are currently several hundred PEAQ accredited member institutions of the NCA. Of the PEAQ institutions, a stratified random sample of 190 institutions was selected. The survey sample was comprised of college or university presidents or other higher education administrators who either oversaw or were directly affiliated with the accreditation process at the AQIP and the PEAQ institutions. The letter of consent asked these institutional leaders to participate or to forward the survey link onto the individual on their campus that could best respond to the survey questions. A web-based survey was developed to gauge the participants' perceptions of the effectiveness of the accreditation processes as it pertains to stakeholder involvement, continuous quality improvement of institutional operations and programs, and impact on institutional strategic planning. Descriptive statistics were run to compare means and standard deviations. A t-test was run to determine if there were statistically significant differences between administrators' perceptions of the AQIP processes and impact on continuous quality improvement as compared to those processes and impacts of PEAQ. While no statistically significant differences existed between administrators' perceptions, the results provided evidence that administrators at institutions within the NCA do perceive the overall regional accreditation process on their campus to be effective regardless of the type of accreditation used by their institution. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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