An Accreditation Committee that Works

            At the core of every higher education institution’s mission and vision is quality. Colleges and universities worldwide understand their responsibility to provide students with programs and instruction that prepare them to be active contributing members of society. To adequately prepare students, all higher education institutions must participate in continuous improvement efforts that are focused on meeting and exceeding minimum standards of quality. Accreditation is one of the key ways of demonstrating a commitment to quality education. Furthermore, obtaining and maintaining institutional and programmatic accreditation is vital to communicating value to prospective students, employers, and all other stakeholders, including faculty and alumni. However, programmatic accreditation is consuming and costly. Once an institution commits to seeking accreditation for its program, whether it be business, early childhood education, or health care administration, getting through it can feel daunting or nearly impossible.   Forming an effective accreditation committee allows institutions to take control of the process. For over 20 years, Bill Parrott has worked directly with schools to achieve accreditation and reap the associated benefits. Parrott asserts that a well-structured committee of 6 to 8 of the right people is instrumental to the process. The Editor The editor is responsible for compiling all the information and narrative provided by other committee members to craft a well-organized and consistent self-study. As someone who spent a significant portion of his career reading self-studies, Parrott reports, “It is much easier to read through a self-study as an accreditor when it has one voice.” Most editors are chosen based on a person’s