As a leader in higher education, you need to be knowledgeable about accrediting bodies, professional and occupational associations, and standards and the impact they have on curriculum. Make sure you read this document, and then do research on accreditation and accrediting bodies before answering this Discussion question.

Professional schools within a college or university have their own standards and required competencies that are mandated by the profession. For example, The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC): http://www.nlnac.org/home.htm has established clear standards for nursing curriculum at all levels, from practical, diploma, and baccalaureate through graduate nursing degrees.

Based on the Reading for this week, as well as your outside readings, please respond to the following questions:

  • What accrediting associations (regional and possibly specialized) will impact the new program of study you are developing for your course project? I am using Phoenix University for my course project
  • If you are developing an online or hybrid program, does the accreditation association have specific guidelines or requirements for online programs? How will these impact your plans?
  • What does it mean to teach to standards? Do all disciplines have to teach to standards? What professional associations will influence your curriculum as you develop your program of study?
  • What will you do, as department chair, to assure that your faculty are teaching to the standards set by the program and accrediting bodies?

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