Resources on Accreditation

AAUP Policy Statements, Reports, & Analysis

The Role of the Faculty in the Accrediting of Colleges and Universities (.pdf).

Accreditation and Academic Freedom: An American Association of University Professors/Council for Higher Education Accreditation Advisory Statement (.pdf). 2012. In early 2012, CHEA and AAUP agreed to work together to address the issue of academic freedom and the role of accreditation. CHEA and AAUP brought together a small of accrediting organizations, members of the AAUP Committee on Accreditation and others to develop an advisory statement. The advisory statement has been approved both by the CHEA Board of Directors and the AAUP Committee on Accreditation. The statement provides guidance to CHEA institutional members, recognized accrediting organizations and AAUP members.

Institutional Accreditation: A Call for Greater Faculty Involvement. 2008. Issued by a joint subcommittee of the Association’s Committee on Accreditation and Committee on College and University Governance.

The Faculty Role in Regional Accreditation Service on Evaluation Teams. 2008. Issued by a joint subcommittee of the Association’s Committee on Accreditation and Committee on College and University Governance.

Looking the Other Way? Accreditation Standards and Part-Time Faculty. 2008. Approved for publication by the Committee on Contingent Faculty and the Profession.

Other AAUP Resources

The Rise of the Professoriate (.doc). Essay by Greg Gilbert, a member of the AAUP Committee on Accreditation, which urges faculty to participate actively in accreditation work to the ultimate benefit of their institutions, the students, and the academic profession.

Other Resources

Accrediting Agencies Joint Statement on Accrediting Distance Education Programs. 2000. Recommendation from the six regional bodies on principles for the accreditation of distance education programs.

Accreditation Standards

In most cases, the accreditation standards and procedures used by each regional body can be found on their Web sites, as follows:

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Commission on Higher Education
Jean Avnet Morse, Executive Director
http://www.msche.org

New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Charles M. Cook, Director
http://www.neasc.org

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
The Higher Learning Commission
Steven D. Crow, Executive Director
http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org

Northwest Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities
Commission on Colleges and Universities
Sandra E. Elman, Executive Director
http://www.nwccu.org/

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Commission on Colleges
James T. Rogers, Executive Director
http://www.sacscoc.org

(Western region operates as two separate commissions):
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Barbara A. Beno, Executive Director
http://www.accjc.org

Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
Ralph A. Wolff, Executive Director
http://www.wascsenior.org/wasc

Council for Higher Education Accreditation: www.chea.org

U.S. Department of Education, accreditation page: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred