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Develop Technology Skills of Professors

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If you are interested in the accreditation of K-12, College Prep, Vocational or other secondary or pre-secondary institutions, visit the Web site of the Commission on Schools, or call them at 1 800 525-9517.

"Teacher Preparation StaR Chart"
A tool to encourage colleges to think more about developing the technology skills of their professors. As a self-assessment chart, the tool examines the various facets of teacher-preparation programs--from campus-wide strategic planning and faculty development to coursework integrating technology to enhance learning--that could result in the successful use of technology in classrooms. The chart then breaks down each facet by four levels of capability--"early tech," "developing tech," "advanced tech," and "target tech" programs. For example, a "target tech" program for faculty development would feature formal and informal training and mentoring for college faculty members. Such a program would make use of technology in education, and offer "incentives for application in teaching and in research."

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a new distance-education company has approached a number of elite liberal-arts colleges and Ivy League universities to propose an arrangement in which the company would put selected courses online and pay the institutions $250,000 per course. At least three institutions -- Amherst and Williams Colleges and Brown University -- are seriously considering the offer, and some faculty members worry that the arrangements could significantly change the nature of faculty-student interaction at the institutions.

North Central Association
North Central Association, Commission on Schools

Other Regional Accrediting Bodies
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Education Sites
Council for Higher Education Accreditation

United States Department of Education

American Association for Higher Education

American Council on Education

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Midwestern Higher Education Commission

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors