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ERIC Number: EJ833644
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0560
Accreditation in the United States: How Did We Get to Where We Are?
Brittingham, Barbara
New Directions for Higher Education, n145 p7-27 Spr 2009
Accreditation has a rich history that has shaped its purposes and processes. Each year on hundreds of campuses around the United States, thousands of faculty, administrators, and staff are preparing for an accreditation review. It is a process now accepted as part of the higher education landscape, and the basics are well known: a set of standards, a self-study, a review by peers, and a decision from a commission. This chapter discusses the conditions, trends, and events that help explain the current status of accreditation in the United States, focusing largely, but not exclusively, on regional accreditation (accreditation in the United States also includes national accreditors for faith-based and career-oriented schools and specialized and professional accreditors). It presents an overview chronology of accreditation in context and discusses twelve points designed to show how accreditation developed in the United States. (Contains 2 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States