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Paul Gaston’s Answer to the President’s Call: A Comprehensive Approach to Reform

On Jan. 23, 2014 at 4:15pm (AAC&U Annual Meeting) Paul Gaston will discuss the evolution of accreditation and what the issues are in his highlighted session, Accreditation: Riding the Wave of Innovation―or Going Under? Following his session, he will sign copies of his new title, Higher Education Accreditation: How It’s Changing and Why It Must.

In his book, Paul takes issue with many recent indictments of higher education accreditation while offering clear recommendations to reform. He addresses three pressing issues:

  1. The President’s call for a sharp increase in college attendance and completion, and concerns about the employability of graduates, legislators, and members’ of the public needs to know what accreditation is and how it operates.
  2. Accreditation’s most vocal critics. He separates realities from misunderstandings and concludes that it would be wrong to “jettison a system working reasonably well.”
  3. How to respond to the changing environment and new demands being placed on higher education. He states, “Accreditation must become more flexible, more efficient, and more transparent.” His book provides specific recommendations to accomplish that.

“Paul Gaston’s book gives us a balanced assessment of accreditation and recommends a measured set of reforms to meet the challenges of this new era.”― Eduardo M. Ochoa, former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education

Be sure to join us  on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 for Paul Gaston’s session and book signing! For more articles like this follow us.

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