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ERIC Number: ED567663
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 123
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3395-0348-6
Improving the Implementation of an United States Accrediting Agency's Retention Standard through Best Practices: An Action Research Study
King, Terron A.
ProQuest LLC, D.Ed. Dissertation, Capella University
Over the last decade, higher education has come under intense scrutiny from the government; accrediting agencies in particular have come under fire for a lack of accountability and transparency. Reports from the Commission on the Future of Higher Education and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee served as a driving force for the scrutiny. As a result, accreditors are required to monitor all levels of student achievement at their member campuses. The United States accrediting agency identified in this study was required to develop and implement program-level standards but does not currently offer any resources to programs that are unable to meet the established standards. This qualitative study analyzed the opinions and beliefs of the accrediting agency's campus representatives; these representatives shared how an implementation plan could be designed to help the accrediting agency provide resources to its membership in achieving the retention standard for baccalaureate programs. The campus representatives completed an assessment to give their opinions on the effectiveness, feasibility, and potential enhancements for the implementation plan. The results of the study indicated that the campus representatives believed that the implementation plan would serve as a great resource for the accrediting agency's campuses that were struggling with retention in the identified baccalaureate programs because the resource was cost effective, it encouraged member campus collaboration, and it was a convenient resource. However, the participants also indicated that the implementation plan should be further enhanced by adding an evaluation of the information learned and a motivation for panelists' participation. Recommendations for further research regarding the implementation plan were provided for the accrediting agency's use. [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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