Accreditation is a formal affirmation signifying that a college or university is meeting specifically prescribed standards for ensuring academic quality and institutional integrity in its operations. Fundamentally, accreditation focuses on the institution’s own processes for ensuring academic quality and integrity.
Governing boards play a critical role in the accreditation process because they are responsible for ensuring that their institutions are full and active participants in the process of self-study that underpins accreditation activity. Boards also must ensure that the self-study fully and accurately portrays the institution’s mission, the extent to which the college or university is fulfilling that mission, and its plans for the future. This publication looks at accreditation issues facing institutions and at the increasing importance of strategic planning in the accreditation process.
This publication is part of Board Basics, an AGB series devoted to strengthening the effectiveness of governing boards and trustees.
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