Evaluating the evaluators: analysis of the structure and processes of seven United States health professions education accreditors

Robert H. Eaglen*, Steven J. Durning, Holly S. Meyer, Christopher S. Candler

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Abstract

Higher education accreditation has spread internationally as a vehicle for quality assurance and improvement but is strongly influenced by accreditation practices in the United States. The organisational structure and processes of seven United States health professions accreditors were analysed to identify common characteristics that reflect general fitness for purpose and infrequent features that show potential to enhance the effectiveness of accreditation processes, increase engagement of and support by accredited institutions and programmes and provide greater transparency.

Original languageEnglish
JournalQuality in Higher Education
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Accreditation
  • comparative analysis
  • health professions education
  • quality improvement

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