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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. Contributors: Armand Alacbay, David A. Bergeron, Alana Dunagan, Judith S. Eaton, Peter T. Ewell, Madeleine F. Green, Thomas L. Harnisch, Michael B. Horn, Kevin Kinser, Edwin W. Koc, Paul J. LeBlanc, Sylvia Manning, Leah K. Matthews, Barmak Nassirian, Anne Neal, Audrey Peek, Susan D. Phillips, Mark Schneider, Jamienne S. Studley, Joseph Vibert

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword. New-Normal Accreditation: Role, Practice, and Values
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. 1. Accreditation: Introduction to a Contested Space
  2. Susan D. Phillips and Kevin Kinser
  3. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part I: Perspectives of Accreditors
  1. 2. Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement: Why and How Accreditation Works
  2. Sylvia Manning
  3. pp. 13-30
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  1. 3. Change in Higher Education Accreditation: The Perspective of a National Accreditor
  2. Leah K. Matthews
  3. pp. 31-43
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  1. 4. The Evolving Context of Quality Assurance: A Perspective from Specialized and Professional Accreditation
  2. Joseph Vibert
  3. pp. 44-64
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  1. Part II: Perspectives of Institutions
  1. 5. Fixing a Broken Accreditation System: How to Bring Quality Assurance into the Twenty-First Century
  2. Anne D. Neal and Armand Alacbay
  3. pp. 67-81
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  1. 6. Innovation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education
  2. Michael B. Horn and Alana Dunagan
  3. pp. 82-101
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  1. 7. Regulatory Experimentation, Accreditation, and Innovation: EQUIP as a Blueprint for the Future of Higher Education
  2. Paul J. LeBlanc
  3. pp. 102-116
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  1. Part III: Perspectives of Policymakers
  1. 8. Tensions in the Triad: The Evolution of Institutional Quality Assurance Policy
  2. Peter T. Ewell
  3. pp. 119-137
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  1. 9. Managing Risk to Students and Taxpayers in Federal Financial Aid
  2. David A. Bergeron
  3. pp. 138-156
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  1. 10. Accreditors as Policy Leaders: Promoting Transparency, Judgment, and Culture Change
  2. Jamienne S. Studley
  3. pp. 157-171
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  1. 11. Crossing Borders: Accreditation and Quality Assurance in a Globalized World
  2. Madeleine F. Green
  3. pp. 172-192
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  1. Part IV: Perspectives of Consumers
  1. 12. The Employer Quest for the Quality College Graduate Recruit
  2. Edwin W. Koc
  3. pp. 195-214
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  1. 13. Accreditation and Return on Investment
  2. Mark Schneider and Audrey Peek
  3. pp. 215-229
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  1. 14. Does Accreditation Protect Students Effectively?
  2. Barmak Nassirian and Thomas L. Harnisch
  3. pp. 230-250
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  1. Conclusion. Accreditation: Critical Issues for the Path Forward
  2. Kevin Kinser and Susan D. Phillips
  3. pp. 251-270
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 271-276
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-284
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