College Accreditation: Managing Internal Revitalization and by Jeffrey W. Alstete (auth.)

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Additionally, some accreditation associations are perceived as intently focused and thoughtlessly motivated by accreditation standards that are not appropriate to the institutions being reviewed (Dill 1998). This condition adds to preexisting viewpoints that the entire accreditation system is defective and in need of enhancement. Theories of higher education envision the accreditation self-evaluation procedures as a continuous process, but in practice this is rarely accurate (Barker and Smith 1998).

1996). While established academic accreditation evaluates the pragmatic functioning of education institutions with agreed-upon measures that are usually determined by the accrediting agency, an academic audit is an outwardly driven peer appraisal of internal institutional quality assurance, measurement, and quality-improvement systems. However, an audit does not evaluate the quality outcomes or results like an assessment, because an audit focuses on the institutional processes that are supposed to fabricate the quality and the actual systems that the education institutions can use to guarantee that quality is being attained.

Net 2000). Anyone concerned with a precise meaning for the word can look in a dictionary and see that the term has as one of its meanings “to certify as meeting a prescribed standard” (Davies 1981). The standard(s) to be met by colleges and universities seeking to achieve accreditation are certain criteria and requirements that are published by the various accreditation agencies. However, some readers may wish to know whether an institution or accreditation agency is legitimate:, and there are several ways to verify this.

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