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Accreditation in Higher Education

The accreditation process must be used to strengthen the integrity of American higher education. Therefore:

  1. NEA supports regional, state, national, and discipline accrediting bodies that recognize and promote substantial participation of faculty in the entire accrediting process.
  2. NEA believes that, to protect institutional diversity and autonomy, accrediting agencies should not become a means for imposing standardized curricula, assessment models, or pedagogical methods on higher education institutions.
  3. NEA believes that accreditation should be a process whereby programs, facilities, faculty, and administrators are reviewed to enhance and improve learning opportunities for students.

Furthermore, NEA proposes that the accrediting process give special attention to the following issues: