Accreditation and Community College Trustees (2018)
Accreditation and Community College Trustees is an essential toolkit for new and experienced trustees alike, to assure and improve academic quality in higher education. Major takeaways from the report and webinar include:
- Accredited status is essential for colleges to establish legitimacy with the public. Accredited status is a signal of an institution’s basic soundness; is a gatekeeping function to be eligible for public funds including federal Title IV assistance; necessary for student mobility; and sustains public confidence in a college.
- Trustees have an important role in each stage of the accreditation process—for both institutional and programmatic accreditation. Trustees play an important part in informing and reviewing essential documents for the self-study, engaging the peer review team, meeting with the accrediting commission, and working with the president to assure accreditation recommendations are addressed by the college.
- Accreditation can strengthen institutional accountability and innovation. In today’s policy landscape, governing boards are called upon to be accountable for student success and implement new practices to meet the needs of today’s students who face many demands outside of the classroom and rely on attaining their degree for career mobility. Trustees play an important role in this conversation to ensure that demands are realistic considering a college’s resources while also striving for student success.
This webinar includes information on:
- The purpose and roles of accreditation in higher education
- The organizations that accredit community colleges
- The process of accreditation
- The role of trustees in accreditation process