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Principles of accreditation

Principles of Accreditation

Dr. Claude Pressnell

TICUA, Nashville, Tennessee


  • May Conference in Budapest, HU

  • Presenters

    • Marjorie Lenn Peace

    • Stephen Spangehl

  • Focus on broad aspects of institutional accreditation


  • Next Steps

    • Focus on the institution level

    • Understanding the principles of accreditation

    • Accreditation is a collaborative process


  • Bologna Declaration of 1999

    • Easily readable and comparable degrees

    • Two main cycles

      • Undergraduate – three years

      • Graduate – five years

        • Masters – two years

        • Doctorate – three years

    • System of credits (ECTS)

    • Student mobility

    • International cooperation in quality assurance


  • United States Model of Accreditation

    • Higher Learning Commission

    • Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

  • Regional Accreditation concept


  • Participation in the United States is voluntary

  • Member institutions of the regional bodies develop, amend, and approve accreditation policies

  • The process of accreditation is representative, responsive, and appropriate to the types of institutions accredited.


  • Accreditation is self-regulation

  • Requires institutional commitment and engagement

  • Based upon the peer-review process

  • Requires commitment to student learning and achievement


  • Acknowledges an institution’s prerogative to articulate its mission within the recognized context of higher education and its responsibility to show that it is accomplishing its mission.


  • Expects an institution to develop a balanced governing structure designed to promote institutional autonomy and flexibility of operation.

  • Expects an institution to ensure that its programs are complemented by support structures and resources that allow total growth and development of its students.

Fundamentals of accreditation
Fundamentals of Accreditation

  • Institutional Mission

  • Governance and Administration

  • Educational Programs

  • Faculty

  • Library and Other Learning Resources

  • Financial and Physical Resources

What to expect
What to Expect?

  • Tuesday and Wednesday

    • Cover the basic principles of accreditation and gain a working understanding of how those principles are measured

  • Thursday and Friday

    • Workshops using the working understanding of the principles you will begin to grapple with how to measure these issues on your campus


  • Morning Sessions

    • Overview and Introduction

    • Mission, Purpose, Goals – Basis for Institution Evaluation

  • Afternoon Sessions

    • University Governance and Administration

    • Begin Discussions on Education Programs


  • Morning Sessions

    • Finish session on Education Programs

    • Faculty

  • Afternoon Sessions

    • Library and Other Learning Resources

    • Student Affairs and Services

    • Financial and Physical Resources

Thursday and friday
Thursday and Friday

  • Workshops will parallel the sessions from Tuesday and Wednesday

  • Each session will begin with a 10 to 15 minute briefing and then there will be one hour planning sessions followed by a 15 minute group debriefing.

Final word
Final Word

  • When you leave you should:

    • Have a working knowledge of the core principles of accreditation and institutional self studies

    • Have a cursory understanding of where your institution matches up to these principles

    • Begin the framework of a game plan on how to implement a self-study at your university

    • Begin to identify key stakeholders for the process

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Principles of Accreditation

Dr. Claude Pressnell

TICUA, Nashville, Tennessee