United States accreditation in higher education: does it dilute academic freedom?

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International & Comparative Education Department

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Michael H. Romanowski, Ibrahim M. Karkouti

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Research Article

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US higher education accreditation agencies provide exter-nal quality evaluation for institutions and programmes todeliver quality control and assurance. Although there isample discussion about the benefits and drawbacks of theaccreditation process, this article reviews the academic lit-erature to consider the impact that accreditation mighthave on the academic freedom of the teaching staff.Specifically, this article centres on how standardisation,assessments and the fundamental elements of accreditationaffect academic freedom in higher education and howthese might dilute academic freedom.

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