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Accreditation Resources

Accrediting associations have expectations that call on institutions to collect and use evidence of student learning outcomes at the programmatic and institutional to confirm and improve student learning.  This section of the NILOA website lists both regional accrediting associations and specialized or programmatic accrediting organizations along with links to those groups.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

Publications and Presentations:

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

Accreditation and Its Value to You

Types of Accreditation: What's the Difference?

Degree Mills and Accreditation Mills

Effective Practice: The Role of Accreditation in Student Achievement

Accreditation and Accountability: A CHEA Special Report

Accreditation and Student Learning Outcomes: A Proposed Point of Departure

New Leadership for Student Learning and Accountability

Statement of Mutual Responsibilities for Student Learning Outcomes: Accreditation, Institutions, and Programs 

The CHEA Chronicle: 2009 CHEA Award for Institutional Progress in Student Learning Outcomes

 

Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions

Publications and Presentations:

Guide for Institutions and Evaluators

Improving Institutional Practice

Preparing Teams

Regional Accreditation and Student Learning: A Bibliography

 

Resources

Higher Education Compliance Alliance
Free centralized repository for higher education institutions of information and resources for compliance with federal laws and regulations.


Regional Accrediting Associations:

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Publications and Presentations:

Assessing Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness: Understanding Middle States Expectations

Regional Accreditation and Student Learning: Principles of Good Practice

Student Learning Assessment: Options and Resources (2nd Edition, 2007)

Advancing Student Learning: Highlights and Summary of Student Learning Assessment: Options and Resources

Events, Programs, and Workshops:
MSCHE events calendar

Standards: Characteristics of Excellence- 2009 Online Version

    • Standard 14: Assessment of Student Learning

New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)

Publications and Presentations:
Accreditation Resources--Assessment

Events, Programs, and Workshops:
Annual Meeting and CIHE Assessment Forum

Standards: Standards for Accreditation

    • Standard 4: The Academic Program
    • Standard 4.44 to 4.50: Assessment of Student Learning

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
The Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC)

Publications and Presentations:
2009 Collection - Volume 2. Assessing and Improving Student Learning

Events, Programs, and Workshops:

Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)

Assessment Academy

Standards: Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions: An Overview, 2007 Ed.

    • Criterion Three: Student Learning and Effective Teaching

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Standards: Accreditation Standards

    • Standard 2.B – Educational Program Planning and Assessment

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
Commission on Colleges

Events, Programs and Workshops:
The 2010 Institute on Quality Enhancement and Accreditation

Standards: The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement

    • Standard 2.12 Quality Enhancement Plan

Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASC-ACCJC)

Events, Programs and Workshops:

Student Learning and Assessment, Level I

Student Learning and Assessment, Level II

Assessment Leadership Academy

Standards: Accreditation Standards

    • Standard II: Student Learning Programs and Services

Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC-ACSCU)

Publications and Presentations:

2008 Vanderbilt University - Perspectives on Assessment and Accreditation

July 2008 - Assessment of Student Learning - Regulatory Burden or Opportunity for Transformation

Program Learning Outcome Rubric

General Education Assessment Rubric

Capstone Rubric

Portfolio Rubric

Events, Programs and Workshops:

Student Learning and Assessment, Level I

Student Learning and Assessment, Level II

Assessment Leadership Academy

Standards: Handbook of Accreditation

  • Standard 2: Achieving Educational Objectives through Core Functions
  • Standard 4: Creating an Organization Committed to Learning and Improvement

WASC Resource Guide for 'Good Practices' in Academic Program Review


Specialized and/or Programmatic Accrediting Organizations:


AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Assessment Resource Center
Includes resources on events, reports, examples from the field, and an assessment listserv.


ABET, Inc.
Engineering Programs

Engineering Change: A Study of the Impact of EC2000
This study examines the impact that the new accreditation requirements (EC2000) have had on engineering graduates by examining the differences in educational outcomes of graduates from 1994 to those of 2004. The findings of the study suggest that the accreditation criteria are indeed having an influence in the curriculum and in the students’ experiences.

Assessment Planning with Gloria Rogers, Ph.D.


National Association of School of Theatre

Outcomes Assessment and Arts Programs in Higher Education
“explores the issue of outcomes assessment in higher education from the perspective of arts programs. Makes the point that outcomes assessment in the arts must adopt an artistic approach, not a technological one.”


Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Through the consolidation of NCATE and TEAC, CAEP will serve as a single accreditor for reform, innovation, and research in educator preparation.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

Publications
Wise, A.E., P. Ehrenberg & J. Leibbrand (Eds). (2008). It’s All about Student Learning: Assessing Teacher Candidates' Ability to Impact P-12 Students




 



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Executive Vice President
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