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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 3QUALITYCommitting to Excellence

A quality college aims for excellence in all that it does, across five dimensions of quality that are reflected in the requirements of all seven regional accreditors and discussed in this chapter:

  • Relevance
  • Community
  • Focus and aspiration
  • Evidence
  • Betterment

A Commitment to a Pervasive, Enduring Culture of Excellence

At a quality college, excellence across the five dimensions does not come and go based on an accreditation cycle or the latest accountability kerfuffle. Excellence does not happen in some parts of a college and not others. The commitment to excellence is enduring and pervasive. The dimensions of quality are thus cultures of quality, and that is how I refer to them throughout this book. ...

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