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ERIC Number: ED549861
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 161
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2673-0939-6
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Institutional Assessment in Colleges with Multiple Programmatic Accreditations: A Multiple Case Research Study
Longenecker, Penni A.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Many colleges maintain multiple programmatic accreditations in addition to regional accreditation. Both programmatic and regional accrediting organizations require assessment of student learning and program/institutional effectiveness. This suggests that as the number of accreditations maintained by a college or university increases, the emphasis on assessment also increases. The purpose of this research was to study how colleges and universities align the assessment expectations of multiple accrediting organizations with the institutional assessment process. Secondary questions sought to explore the culture of assessment in these institutions with multiple accreditations and the extent to which the cost of accreditation and assessment was measured against benefit. The research was conducted using a case study design that included document review and interviews. Three colleges with three or more programmatic accreditations in addition to regional accreditation from the Middles States Commission of Higher Education were studied. This research revealed three themes associated with multiple accreditations: institutional response to multiple accreditations, elements of a culture of assessment, and the value of accreditation and assessment. Findings of the research are as follows: (a) These three colleges are making significant efforts to align accreditation and assessment processes; (b) multiple accreditations seem to contribute to an institutional culture of assessment; and (c) accreditation and assessment are seen as requirements, and the benefits outweigh costs. [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: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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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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