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I recently attended several of the fun88乐天使 conferences on the Fall conference circuit and spent time learning about current trends and thinking from the perspective of both accreditors and accredited institutions and programs. 很明显,这句话和几年前一样正确:

“没人真的喜欢fun88乐天使,但没人知道还能做什么.”
——凯文·凯里,新美国基金会 高等教育内幕

虽然这可能仍然是正确的,但我相信已经发生了一些变化. I’ve seen a shift in the conversation and a new motivation to understand the objectives of fun88乐天使 and to utilize the process to create value for everyone involved. 我对这个行业的新叙述感到兴奋, but I also know many working in the field don’t feel the same enthusiasm or see a way to fix fun88乐天使. 当我们进入新的一年, I can’t help but reflect on 2017 and the changes I saw around the perception and perceived necessity of fun88乐天使.

fun88乐天使的未来

2017年中期, 麦迪尔新闻学院, 媒体, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University elected to drop their specialized accreditor新闻及大众传播教育评审委员会(ACEJMC). 尽管这是几个月前的事了, 我一直在思考这个决定,以及它对我的未来意味着什么 fun88乐天使.

我之前担任过助理教务长, 所以原则是, fun88乐天使的过程和复杂性对我来说太熟悉了. 我认为,fun88乐天使已经超出了它的预期,变得更加漫长, 更昂贵的, 更麻烦,限制更多. I can understand Medill’s choice to abandon their specialized accreditor and create their own process, however I think the decision and resulting consequences warrant discussion and reflection from everyone involved in education and fun88乐天使.

Medill’s situation is unique from so many other programs and universities because of their prestige. This fact is important because their prestige among journalism schools gives them the luxury of being able to essentially fire their accreditor without significant fear that their students will no longer be able to get jobs. 没有多少学校有这种奢侈. 虽然有一些机会将不再提供给Medill学生, 即赫斯特新闻奖, the stamp of approval from ACEJMC hardly makes a difference because of Medill’s stand-alone reputation.

对于那些没有如此声望和强大声誉的学校, 而是为学生提供有价值的课程, specialized fun88乐天使 is vital when recruiting students and helping them find jobs after graduation.

想象一下,如果这种趋势在更大范围内继续下去. 如果学校放弃专业fun88乐天使, employers have no way of measuring and verifying that students are properly and thoroughly trained in their field. Employers would need to accept responsibility for checking students’ credentials on their own, 哪个是有问题的,不太可能的.

I worked at the state level in Missouri earlier in my career and they did away with their state nursing licensure program during my time there. The state doesn’t want to be involved in inspecting schools; it’s costly, 耗费时间的, 而且他们缺乏彻底评估的专业知识. Accepting the certificate from the school’s nursing accreditor allows for a much smoother process for everyone. 护理是, 当然, 一个比新闻更技术性的项目, but in any field students need to supply proof of their experience and skills to either future employers or institutions, 如果他们想获得更高的学位. 没有fun88乐天使,肯定有其他选择, which needs to be provided by the student and accepted by whatever company or institution to which they are applying. It doesn’t seem fair to put this responsibility onto the students and employers when the schools set the curriculum and requirements for the degree.

院校与fun88乐天使机构可否成为合作伙伴?

在一个完美的世界里,机构和fun88乐天使机构将彼此视为合作伙伴. 当然,fun88乐天使机构应该倾听并向他们的大学学习, 而不是减慢他们的速度, and universities should make this easier by communicating with their accreditor and finding ways to improve the current system. I worry that it has become too easy for institutions to blame their accreditor for hampering innovation when there are other factors at play. 与外部组织合作可能会很棘手, 但我们有办法共同合作,共同创新, 而不是一走了之,让学生们别无选择. How is it not a disservice to students to cut them off from certain opportunities or ignore what the industry says is truly important for students to learn and know?

Some accreditors and institutions are already working together to create different pathways and standards, 所以我们知道这是可以做到的. 例如,高等教育委员会(HLC)支持 密歇根大学MicroMasters项目的实验, which allows individuals to take university courses online and even use the credit as part of a traditional on-campus Masters program, 如果他们选择申请并被录取.

我不认为fun88乐天使会消失. fun88乐天使的精神和价值仍然很重要. The intentional reflection and self-study that’s at the core of this process is the best way to evaluate and determine if an institution or program is accomplishing what they set out to accomplish. 我的动机是帮助学校专注于在这个过程中创造价值的领域. 帮助机构停下来反思, 向他们展示目标,他们在哪些方面做得很好,在哪些方面做得不够, 对我来说很重要. I think self-identifying and self-awareness is crucial for all institutions and I believe accreditors should hold schools accountable to reaching their goals for their programs and for their students.

开发方法

因为fun88乐天使可能不会去任何地方, 我希望将来我们能更多地采用发展性评估方法. I believe fun88乐天使 should always focus on evaluation for the purpose of developing and improving, 而不是遵从性复选框. The developmental approach focuses on meeting the institution where they are and developing a plan for intentional improvement. 合规方法更多的是在学校做得不好的地方扣分, 这会造成恐惧,不会为机构的发展增加多少价值.

然而,使用发展性方法是很棘手的, 因为fun88乐天使过程是如此的高风险. 如果一所学校做得不好, how do we use the developmental approach while still making sure students are receiving the education and experience they were promised? I think many schools may feel they don’t have the freedom to use a more developmental perspective because they worry it’ll mean they don’t get reaccredited. We’ve essentially created a situation in which institutions are groomed to ‘teach to the test’ and follow standards exactly, 怕过不了, 而不是专注于提高学习能力, 创新和尝试新事物.

改变fun88乐天使环境的唯一途径是作为合作伙伴共同努力. I believe it’s up to the schools to participate and drive innovation if they feel their accreditor isn’t keeping up. Organize those conversations and suggest ways the standards could be more flexible and less prescriptive. 欢迎标准的变化,而不是害怕它们. fun88乐天使机构可能会做出改变,努力保持现状,促进创新. 谈判双方都有教育者, 在fun88乐天使机构和机构, and we should all have the same focus on what’s best for the students and how we can help them. Let’s keep our shared goal in mind and collaborate to shape the future of fun88乐天使 as best we can. 这真的取决于我们所有人.

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本文最初由艾米Dykens于2018年1月5日撰写

 


 

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