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Five Dimensions of Quality: A Common Sense Guide to Accreditation and Accountability by Stanley O. Ikenberry, Linda Suskie

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CHAPTER 2UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN ACCREDITATION

In most countries, higher education quality is ensured by a government agency, often called a quality assurance agency. In the United States, quality assurance is the shared responsibility of a “triad” of entities (National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity [NACIQI], 2012):

  • State agencies that license or otherwise authorize colleges to operate
  • Several dozen accreditors, each serving the needs of a different sector of America’s incredibly diverse higher education enterprise
  • The U.S. Department of Education (ED ...

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