Accreditation is Under Fire
Dr. Bill Belew
Issue III - June 22, 2006
Introduction by Mr. Stolyarov:
This article by Dr. Belew implies that technological progress is
rendering older school accreditation criteria obsolete; some resources
like classroom space are becoming less relevant, while others like
innovation and financial stability are becoming far more important. The
for-profit educational institutions would fare better under newer
criteria, because financial stability (along with money-making) is one
of their foremost aims.
Higher-ed accreditation practice does not have the trust it once had.
Just because a school is accredited, it no longer means that the school
can be relied on to deliver quality education.
How many full-timers are there? It doesn't matter as much because
they are not available.
How many books are there in the library? It doesn't matter any more,
because nearly all resources needed are now online.
How much classroom space is there? It doesn't matter anymore, because
students are taking classes online.
How stable is the school financially? It matters a lot, because
schools ought not be allowed to operate if they will close up shop
before their students finish their courses.
Schools must be held accountable for
1. Institutional performance - does the school deliver the product it
2. Student learning outcomes - can the student do what he was taught?
3. Transparency - in accounting and budgetary matters
4. Innovation - is the school meeting or planning to meet the needs
of the changing potential student population?
Accreditation criteria need to be reexamined....times have changed.
What do you think?
Dr. Bill Belew is a former Intelligence
Officer for a Destroyer Squadron. He lived 20 years in Japan, where he
started a language school for Japanese
Dr. Belew teaches classes for a vocational school and online for a
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