ERIC Number: EJ833649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 14
The Impact of the Changing Climate for Accreditation on the Individual College or University: Five Trends and Their Implications
Bardo, John W.
New Directions for Higher Education, n145 p47-58 Spr 2009
In the current environment, presidents and chancellors can expect to have their institutions under nearly continuous scrutiny from regional accrediting bodies. The number of reports, the expected details of outcomes measures, and the level of ongoing interaction between the institution and the regional association will continue to increase. In fact, presidents and chancellors need to plan for the organization, costs, and processes that will be a part of each year's operations as the level of accountability increases. This chapter focuses on the impact of the critical changes in accreditation processes and expectations on the role of senior administration and faculty members at the campus level. Of particular importance are the concepts of (1) the changing accreditation climate; (2) the need to focus on assessment across all areas of the institution; (3) organizational approaches to continuing accreditation; and (4) developing a culture of accreditation across the campus that traditionally was found only in professional colleges and schools.
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Accountability, Environment, Change, School Culture, Higher Education, Educational Assessment, Strategic Planning, Federal Regulation, Peer Evaluation, Transfer Policy, College Credits, Civil Rights, School Policy, Costs, Administrative Organization, College Administration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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