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ERIC Number: EJ893684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0579
The Assessment Context: Accreditation, Accountability, and Performance
Volkwein, J. Fredericks
New Directions for Institutional Research, nS1 spec iss p3-12 Aut 2010
A diverse society has created a diverse education system, which in turn requires diverse and complex mechanisms of quality control. The diversity and complexity of the industrial, service, and knowledge-based economy, with its vast variety of occupations and dynamic labor markets, heavily influences the curricular structures and academic profiles of American colleges and universities. To be successful, institutions of higher education must meet the educational needs of individuals with different economic statuses, ages, occupational goals, educational aspirations, educational preparation, and family circumstances. Driven by a diverse economy and society, higher education is now a complex industry of public and private educational providers, and an array of quality assurance, accreditation, and certification mechanisms has evolved reflecting this complexity. This chapter discusses the drivers for assessment and enables readers to understand the tensions arising within colleges and universities in regard to accountability, accreditation, and performance evaluation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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