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Other Resources on Accreditation Topics

An Essential Partner: The Librarian's Role in Student Learning Assessment
This publication, written by Debra Gilchrist and Megan Oakleaf, was produced on behalf of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes.

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Assessment Studies and Reports from the National Center for Educational Statistics
Access a variety of regional and national studies and reports on assessment topics, all available through the website of the National Center for Educational Statistics and IPEDS. View at http://nces.ed.gov/IPEDS.

Cyber Guide for Psychology Learning Goals
This website from the American Psychological Association provides guidelines for learning goals and outcomes in the undergraduate Psychology major. View at www.apa.org/ed/guidehomepage.html.

Discouraging Degree Mills in Higher Education
Toward Effective Practice: Discouraging Degree Mills in Higher Education, is a joint project of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Read about it at http://www.chea.org/4DCGI/degreemills/index.html?MenuKey=main

Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008: Distance Education, Substantive Change, Monitoring Growth, and Transfer of Credit
This document was excerpted and updated from the September 2009 and January 2010 MSCHE newsletters. It contains useful information for MSCHE institutions that need to learn more about the accreditation provisions of the HEOA.

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How to Avoid Degree and Accreditation Mills
This short video from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) explains how to avoid the dangers of degree mills and accreditation mills. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1voHNMQDrk

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
This valuable website contains numerous resources on outcomes assessment, including articles on accountability issues, presentations and other materials on emerging best practices in assessment, hyperlinks to websites of award-winning institutions, and much more. View at www.learningoutcomeassessment.org

The Role of Published Tests and Assessments in Higher Education
A brief paper by former MSCHE Vice President Linda Suskie on how to use published tests and assessments to supplement locally developed tests, rubrics, and surveys.

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Why Are We Assessing?
Written by former MSCHE Vice President Linda Suskie and reproduced, with permission, from the October 26, 2010 edition of Inside Higher Ed, this article is adapted from Ms. Suskie's opening plenary remarks at the 2010 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Why is College Accreditation Important?
A brief explanation of accreditation's importance, with hyperlinks to web sites of all U.S. regional accreditors and some specialized accreditors.

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Why is Higher Education Accreditation Important?
A brief description of why higher education accreditation is important, with hyperlinks to the websites of the seven regional accrediting organizations in the United States.

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