Accreditation and the federal Future of Higher Education
The article is about Accreditation being transformed from a valued private sector process over federal government has exercised a limited control to a process that is subject to more and more federal involvement. Accreditation is a creation of colleges and universities that dates back more than a century. Its fundamental purposes are quality assurance and quality improvement in higher education. The federal government’s presence is increasing in areas that traditionally have been the province of the faculty and institutions. I agree with the article, because when we think of accreditation we mostly think of a process that takes place on our campuses. This thought may not agree with a lot of other people. The government seeking to ensure that federal funds for student grants and loans were spent, they turned to private sector accrediting organizations for reliable judgments about the quality of institutions. The primary way government oversees accreditation is through a process called identification. George Bush administrations first foray into education was the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The effort resulted in the 2002 “No child left behind” legislation with a powerful important on K-12 liability and a federally organized regimen of national testing focused on documenting student success. Faculty members have a long standing love hate relationship with accreditation those who value accreditation find it useful. These are the faculty members who often participate in self studies and in the accreditation review of other institutions. Most recently faculty members already troubled by accreditation have expressed particular unkindness to the demands from accreditors for greater evidence of student achievement. In conclusion we need to campaign together for the core values of...
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