Accreditation and Faculty

By Milton Greenberg

For most people in or out of academe, accreditation is arcane and boring. That it has not even captured the imagination of faculty members should come as no surprise.

Although the standards published by accrediting bodies put faculty issues like curriculum and governance clearly on the screen, those same standards say very little about faculty roles and make only vague references to “faculty involvement.”

But it’s time for college and university faculty to start paying attention to this seemingly dry issue. Further, it’s time they joined the effort by administrators and accreditors to resist the government’s increasing intrusion into accreditation. That intrusion endangers both academic freedom and the unique American system of separation of the academy from the state.

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