ERIC Number: EJ961459
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
University Accreditation Developments in Japan: Matching or Moving beyond the US Process?
Mulvey, Bern; Winskowski, Christine; Comer, Keith
Higher Education Policy, v24 n4 p535-553 Dec 2011
As of 2004, all universities in Japan must submit to an external accreditation evaluation, to be repeated every 7 years. The universities are to receive detailed written assessments in multiple categories from one of four official accrediting agencies. These assessments are to be publicized. The universities also receive grades: pass, probation, and fail. These reforms, 18 years in the making, were initially intended to imitate practices in the US. However, the changes to Japan's university accreditation practices have gone beyond mimicry; indeed, by incorporating aspects of the Bologna process in Europe, they may even point to the future of US accreditation.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Accreditation (Institutions), Universities, International Cooperation, Higher Education, Futures (of Society), Educational Trends
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan