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Higher-Ed Accreditation is Under Fire
TheBizofKnowledge ^ | June 19, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew

Posted on 06/21/2006 6:25:10 PM PDT by G. Stolyarov II

Higher-ed accreditation practice does not have the trust it once had. Just because a school is accredited, it no longer means that the school can be relied on to deliver quality education.

How many full-timers are there? It doesn't matter as much because they are not available.

How many books are there in the library? It doesn't matter any more, because nearly all resources needed are now online.

How much classroom space is there? It doesn't matter anymore, because students are taking classes online.

How stable is the school financially? It matters a lot, because schools ought not be allowed to operate if they will close up shop before their students finish their courses.

Schools must be held accountable for

1. Institutional performance - does the school deliver the product it advertises?

2. Student learning outcomes - can the student do what he was taught?

3. Transparency - in accounting and budgetary matters

4. Innovation - is the school meeting or planning to meet the needs of the changing potential student population?

Accreditation criteria need to be reexamined....times have changed.

What do you think?

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Education; Society
KEYWORDS: accreditation; classrooms; criteria; education; finances; highered; highereducation; innovation; internet; money; online; onlinelearning; operationcosts; quality; school; schools; student; students; tuition; universities; university
This is an interesting article; it implies that technological progress is rendering older accreditation criteria obsolete; some resources like classroom space are becoming less relevant, while others like innovation and financial stability are becoming far more important. The for-profit educational institutions would fare better under newer criteria, because financial stability (along with money-making) is one of their foremost aims. See Dr. Belew's blog at TheBizofKnowledge
1 posted on 06/21/2006 6:25:15 PM PDT by G. Stolyarov II
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To: G. Stolyarov II

Where is this? It can't be Texas. I've been trying to open a small career school since Jan and I'm still dealing with regulations. After I'm certified, there are even more regulations. I sometimes wonder if the state even needs me to teach.

2 posted on 06/21/2006 6:36:40 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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