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Beschreibung

Meet calls for increased quality and understand accreditation expectations

Author Linda Suskie is internationally recognized for her work in higher education assessment, and she is a former vice president of a major regional accreditor. In Five Dimensions of Quality: A Common Sense Guide to Accreditation and Accountability in Higher Education she provides a simple, straightforward model for understanding and meeting the calls for increased quality in higher education ever-present in today's culture. Whether your institution is seeking accreditation or not, the five dimensions she outlines will help you to identify ways to improve institutional quality and demonstrate that quality to constituents.

For those wading through the accreditation process, which has become more difficult in recent years due to increasing regulation and pressure for greater accountability, Suskie offers expert guidance on understanding the underlying principles of the expectations of accrediting bodies. Using the model presented here, which is much easier to understand than the sometimes complex resources provided by individual accrediting bodies, American colleges and universities can understand what they need to do to earn and maintain their regional accreditation as well as improve overall institutional quality for their students. You'll be able to:

  • Identify ways to improve institutional quality
  • Demonstrate the quality of your institution to internal and external constituents
  • Avoid wasting time and energy on misguided institutional processes to comply with accreditation requirements

By focusing on why colleges and universities should take particular actions rather than only on what those actions should be, Five Dimensions of Quality gives them the knowledge and strategies to prepare for a successful review. It is an ideal resource for leaders, accreditation committee members, and everyone on campus.

Autorentext

LINDA SUSKIE is a bestselling author, speaker, trainer, and consultant on assessment and accreditation in higher education. She has served as vice president of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, associate vice president for assessment and institutional research at Towson University, and director of the Assessment Forum of the American Association for Higher Education. She is the author of Assessing Student Learning from Jossey-Bass.



Klappentext

Praise for Five Dimensions of Quality

Readers of Linda Suskie's new book, Five Dimensions of Quality, will embrace assessment and accreditation as creative and forward-looking means for effecting cultural change and improving quality. For Suskie, it is common sense to adopt an organizational discipline that leads to improved quality.
Lewis Evitts Thayne, president, Lebanon Valley College

Linda's accreditation and assessment experience, melded with her higher education research, provide readers with guidance, examples, and references relevant not only to accreditation but, more broadly, to effective leadership and management practices. Anyone concerned with strengthening higher education, or seeking to enhance institutional effectiveness, will find Five Dimensions of Quality to be an invaluable resource.
Elizabeth Ann Whiteman, director of accreditation and strategic initiatives, Carnegie Mellon University

For years, Linda Suskie has been the voice that synthesizes and explains. What she does best is to integrate ideas, strategies, and good practice across research, time, and people and then distill them into a readable, powerful framework that is meaningful for those new to accreditation, for those in leadership seeking to understand how accreditation activities fit into strategic priorities, and for those that want to get back to the basics and see anew what makes accreditation efforts meaningful, useful, reasonable, and workable.
Lynn Priddy, provost, National American University



Zusammenfassung
Meet calls for increased quality and understand accreditation expectations

Author Linda Suskie is internationally recognized for her work in higher education assessment, and she is a former vice president of a major regional accreditor. In Five Dimensions of Quality: A Common Sense Guide to Accreditation and Accountability in Higher Education she provides a simple, straightforward model for understanding and meeting the calls for increased quality in higher education ever-present in today's culture. Whether your institution is seeking accreditation or not, the five dimensions she outlines will help you to identify ways to improve institutional quality and demonstrate that quality to constituents.

For those wading through the accreditation process, which has become more difficult in recent years due to increasing regulation and pressure for greater accountability, Suskie offers expert guidance on understanding the underlying principles of the expectations of accrediting bodies. Using the model presented here, which is much easier to understand than the sometimes complex resources provided by individual accrediting bodies, American colleges and universities can understand what they need to do to earn and maintain their regional accreditation as well as improve overall institutional quality for their students. You'll be able to:

  • Identify ways to improve institutional quality
  • Demonstrate the quality of your institution to internal and external constituents
  • Avoid wasting time and energy on misguided institutional processes to comply with accreditation requirements

By focusing on why colleges and universities should take particular actions rather than only on what those actions should be, Five Dimensions of Quality gives them the knowledge and strategies to prepare for a successful review. It is an ideal resource for leaders, accreditation committee members, and everyone on campus.



Inhalt

LIST OF TABLES AND EXHIBITS ix

LIST OF JARGON ALERTS xi

LIST OF ACRONYMS xv

FOREWORD xix

PREFACE xxv

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xxxi

ABOUT THE AUTHOR xxxiii

INTRODUCTION:

Today's Quality Context 1

1. Why Is American Higher Education Under Fire? 3

2. Understanding American Accreditation 11

3. Quality: Committing to Excellence 25

4. Why Is This So Hard? 35

DIMENSION I:

A Culture of Relevance 49

5. Integrity: Doing the Right Thing 51

6. Stewardship: Ensuring and Deploying Resources

Responsibly 59

DIMENSION II:

A Culture of Community 75

7. A Community of People 77

8. Leadership Capacity and Commitment 89

DIMENSION III:

A Culture of Focus and Aspiration 97

9. Purpose: Who Are You? Why Do You Exist? 99

10. Goals and Plans: Where Are You Going? How Will You Get There? 107

11. Who Is a Successful Student? 119

12. Helping Students Learn and Succeed 129

DIMENSION IV:

A Culture of Evidence 145

13. Gauging Success 147

14. Good Evidence Is Useful 161

15. Setting and Justifying Targets for Success 167

16. Transparency: Sharing Evidence Clearly and Readily 177

DIMENSION V:

A Culture of Betterment 189

17. Using Evidence to Ensure and Advance Quality and Effectiveness 191

18. Sustaining a Culture of Betterment 197

CONCLUSION:

Integrating and Advancing the Five Dimensions of Quality 209

19. Demonstrating Quality to Accreditors 211

20. Program Reviews: Drilling Down into Programs and Services 229

21. Where Do We Go from Here? A Six-Point Agenda for Ensuring and Advancing Quality 239

REFERENCES 249

INDEX 265

Produktinformationen

Titel: Five Dimensions of Quality
Untertitel: A Common Sense Guide to Accreditation and Accountability
Autor:
EAN: 9781118761403
ISBN: 978-1-118-76140-3
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Jossey-Bass
Genre: Bildungswesen
Anzahl Seiten: 320
Veröffentlichung: 20.08.2014
Jahr: 2014
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 2.6 MB