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ERIC Number: EJ1057886
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: EISSN-1941-3386
Case Study of Accreditation Reaffirmation with Emphasis on Survival-Focused Prioritization for Program Assessment
Schmadeka, Wayne
Journal of Case Studies in Accreditation and Assessment, v2 Jul 2012
At the urging of the U.S. Department of Education, regional accrediting organizations have, during the last few years, placed much greater emphasis on implementation of assessment as a requirement for accreditation. Assessment serves two important purposes: institutional survival and improvement of student achievement. Of these two, survival is the most important. When an institution is preparing for a review by an accrediting agency, it may be prudent to minimize or postpone important, but nonessential, and sometimes contentious and divisive discussions about discipline-related assessment theories and pedagogical best practices. This article summarizes and interprets the accreditation experience, and its aftermath, within the professional writing program at the University of Houston-Downtown.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas