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881; NOOSR 2004, p. 885; Palgrave 2005 p. 886; Palgrave 2005 p. 887). To many faculty and administrators, accrediting agencies today are often viewed as consultants to colleges for serious quality improvement of educational organizations, with the potential to achieve great changes if properly utilized. The plethora of regional, specialized, and international accrediting agencies is still a challenge for colleges and universities, so a sensible, practical, yet far-reaching model of organizational process planning is needed by faculty, administrators, and educational leaders to meet the many demands of various accrediting agencies to continually improve.

Strategic planning for quality and quality improvement programs, through a commitment to excellence in manufacturing and services, are becoming more and more essential to the well-being of our Nation’s economy and our ability to compete effectively in the global marketplace. 4. Improved management understanding of the factory floor, worker involvement in quality, and greater emphasis on statistical process control can lead to dramatic improvements in the cost and quality of manufactured products.

At this still fairly early point in the twenty-first century, it remains to be seen if the foundation of the CHEA will be enough to protect the institutional self-government valued by the colleges and universities from any additional federal and state interference, especially in light of the very recent challenges to the accreditation system that will be explained shortly. net 2000). Anyone concerned with a precise meaning for the word can look in a dictionary and see that the term has as one of its meanings “to certify as meeting a prescribed standard” (Davies 1981).

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