US Accreditation and the Quality Maintenance Mechanisms of Community Colleges


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Presented in Varna, Bulgaria, June 16, 2009. Short-Cycle Higher Education in the United States and Europe: Addressing Social and Economic Needs (ATLANTIS Grant Project).

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  • Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands – Middle States
  • As called for by its mission, the college identifies its constituencies in the community and serves their needs and expectations in a mutually valuable way. Demonstrate responsiveness to those we serves – constituents, stakeholderse
  • US Accreditation and the Quality Maintenance Mechanisms of Community Colleges

    1. 1. Rose Marie Kuceyeski, Ph.D. Owens Community College June, 2009
    2. 2.  Share the history of accreditation in U.S.  Identify regional and specialized/programmatic accrediting agencies  Explain the established quality standards and criteria  Understand benefits of accreditation ACCREDITATIONVILLE…...
    3. 3. According to CHEA, quot;Accreditation is a process of external quality review used by higher education to scrutinize colleges, universities and higher education programs for quality assurance and quality improvement.” Council for Higher Education Accreditation
    4. 4. Regional Accrediting Organizations Specialized and Professional Accrediting Organizations
    5. 5. New England Association of Schools and Northwest Commission Colleges on Colleges & Universities North Central Association of Colleges & Schools - Higher Learning Commission Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Western Association of Southern Association of Colleges & Schools & Colleges Schools - Commission on Colleges
    6. 6. Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) Accreditation National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
    7. 7. Type Enrollment 2-year 6,518,540 4-year 11,240,330 Total 17,758,870 Online 3.9 million
    8. 8. PEAQ Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality AQIP Academic Quality Improvement Program
    9. 9. Mission and Integrity
    10. 10. Preparing for the Future
    11. 11. Student Learning and Effective Teaching
    12. 12. Acquisition, Discovery, and Application of Knowledge
    13. 13. Engagement and Service
    14. 14. A = Academic Q = Quality I = Improvement P = Program
    15. 15. Leading and Communicating Valuing Helping People Students Learn Understanding Students’ and other Building Collaborative Stakeholders’ Relationships Needs Accomplishing Other Distinctive Planning Continuous Objectives Improvement Supporting Institutional Operations Measuring Effectiveness
    16. 16.  Standards  Self-study  Peer Review Site Visit  Judgment action  Celebration ACCREDITATIONVILLE…...
    17. 17. Institution Stakeholders Program Benefits Faculty and Student Staff
    18. 18. “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” William A. Foster