Accreditation on the edge

Challenging quality assurance in higher education

Susan D. Phillips, Kevin Paul Kinser

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Accreditation is essential to colleges and universities. Without it, they are unable to participate in federal student aid programs or confer legitimate degrees. In Accreditation on the Edge, Susan D. Phillips and Kevin Kinser bring together the expertise of different stakeholders to illustrate the complexities of the accreditation system and to map the critical issues that must be navigated going forward. Accreditation can be seen both as an invaluable resource and as a barrier to needed reform. Presenting an array of different perspectives-from accreditors and institutions to policymakers and consumers-the book offers nuanced views on accreditation's importance to higher education and on the potential impact of proposed reforms. The contributors reveal that accreditation is currently on the edge of a policy precipice, as the needs of higher education and the interests of the many stakeholders may well outstrip its ability to perform. But, they argue, accreditation is also on the cutting edge of the transformation of higher education in the twenty-first century. Intended for policymakers, accreditors, institutional leaders, and scholars in higher education, Accreditation on the Edge offers a comprehensive analysis of the critical issues that accreditation reform needs to address if it is to serve the future of a fast-changing higher education environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages283
ISBN (Electronic)9781421425450
ISBN (Print)9781421425443
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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Phillips, Susan D. ; Kinser, Kevin Paul. / Accreditation on the edge : Challenging quality assurance in higher education. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018. 283 p.
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