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Browsing eScholarship@Morgan by Subject "Accreditation (Education)"
(2009) Mendoza, Cynthia; Gillett-Karam, Rosemary; Higher Education Program; Doctor of Philosophy
There is limited information on changes to accreditation standards and practices, especially related to diversity. The narrow focus of prior studies and the public's limited understanding of accreditation and its criteria have contributed to this gap in the literature. This qualitative study used intellectual biography as its framework to narrate the events surrounding the steps toward changing the face of accreditation and accountability. These events and their impact are presented from the unique perspective of the first Black Executive Director of the Middle States accrediting body<&mdash>--Dr. Howard L. Simmons. Interviews with Dr. Simmons as well as two secondary participants served as the primary data sources for this study. Secondary participants and data gathered through secondary sources allowed for triangulation and member checking. A total of 42 codes surfaced from the various participant interviews. Code frequencies along with other data collected throughout the study were analyzed to form themes. A total of five themes emerged: humble beginnings, timing, networking, high expectations, and communication. Results revealed that Simmons was able to overcome adversity in his early childhood and excel in his career. These experiences drove him to seek change in accreditation standards and practices. The result was a higher level of accountability and a voice for underrepresented populations.
(2014) Ridguard, Clevette Malden; Ball, Calvin B.; Community College Leadership Program; Doctor of Education
The purpose of this study was to examine the level of involvement of community college presidents in the institutional effectiveness process in the Middle States Commission of Higher Education accrediting region, as perceived by the Chief Institutional Effectiveness Officer (CIEO). This quantitative research study also sought to determine if the involvement of community college presidents in the institutional effectiveness process varied based on institutional characteristics (type, size, or location), and if there is a relationship between this involvement and graduation rates. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze data results from the online 22-question, closed-ended survey instrument. The survey completion rate was 61% (N=53), and the results were compared to an earlier study conducted in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accrediting region (Ball, 2008). The findings revealed that most community college presidents in the Middle States accrediting region are always engaged in the planning aspects of institutional effectiveness and often engaged in identifying outcomes, assessing outcomes, and using evidence for institutional improvements. The results also revealed that the involvement of community college presidents in the institutional effectiveness process did not vary based on the institution's characteristics of type (single- or multi-campus) or size (small, medium, large, or extra-large). Conversely, institutional location (rural, suburban, or urban) was statistically significant, and community college presidents' involvement did vary based on location when involved in certain tasks of institutional effectiveness. However, the study did not find a statistically significant relationship between community college presidential involvement and graduation rates. Recommendations informing future practice and research are offered.