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Faculty Forum: Accreditation Fatigue

I have accreditation fatigue. My university and the college of education in which I teach are preparing for reviews by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Florida Department of Education, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Making Faculty Count in Higher Education Assessment

Making accreditation and assessment meaningful while fighting a growing marketplace ideology and increasing federal mandates isn’t easy. But it’s possible.

Accreditation and the Federal Future of Higher Education

The federal government’s presence is increasing in areas that traditionally have been the province of the faculty and institutions. It’s time for faculty members to get beyond deprecation and discontent and strengthen independent and meaningful accreditation.

State of the Profession: Much Ado about MOOCs

In case you haven’t noticed, massive open online courses (MOOCs) are all the rage these days, at least in the press. “Campus Tsunami,” “Instruction for Masses Knocks Down Campus Walls,” and “College May Never Be the Same” are but a few of the sensational headlines cropping up in the popular and educational press. Is all the hype justified?

Statement on Accreditation and Academic Freedom

The Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) have released an advisory statement on Accreditation and Academic Freedom.

Reaction to ACCJC Announcement Revoking Accreditation of CCSF

On July 3, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges announced that it was revoking its accreditation of City College of San Francisco (CCSF), a two-year institution, effective July 2014.

Then the AAUP and SaveCCSF Coalition responded.

AAUP Responds to CCSF Accreditation Loss

In July 2013, after the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges revoked the accreditation of the City College of San Francisco, the AAUP Council’s Executive Committee issued a statement expressing support for faculty, students, and staff at CCSF and urging the accreditor to reconsider its revocation.

Bar Association Affirms Tenure

In a victory for academic freedom and tenure, the ABA has rejected proposals to eliminate or water down the tenure provisions in the accreditation standards for law schools. The AAUP vigorously opposed the removal of tenure from the accreditation standards.

Victory for Tenure in Law Schools

The latest in a series of attempts to eliminate tenure as a requirement for American Bar Association accreditation of law schools has been dealt a major setback, with an ABA panel voting in March to maintain the requirement. The AAUP applauded the decision, which came as part of a five-year review of the standards for law school accreditation. The ABA must still approve the panel’s recommendations; a final vote is scheduled for August. 

Idaho Faculty Complaint Resubmitted to Accreditor

For colleges and universities, federal recognition of their accrediting body is essential. Federal student loans are available only to students attending institutions that have been accredited by a federally recognized accrediting body. Read the ISU AAUP Chapter's press release to learn more.

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