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Time to Review the Reviewers (Accreditation Series)

This is the first of a series of intense discussion about how best to review the reviewers, demanding institutional change by way of refocusing institutional priorities as part of a larger 365 review of higher education any and all supporters of the Adjunct Nation need to consider as we move forward in 2013.


All New England colleges and universities must pay their weekly maffia dues to protect them from the non-accredited programs and institutions. Accreditation also protects the institution from having to change its policies regarding rising contingent faculty numbers. That is, rather than hold institutions accountable for their failures to meet the “standards” listed below, NEASC, for example, continues to give accreditation to NH community colleges.

They pay their dues; they receive protection.

It’s really that simple.

Other than blatant cronyism and protected self-interest, what possible reasons could justify missing the mark on every single criteria when contingent labor is used primarily to support an institution, its mission, etc.? Why does NEASC all labor abuse, institutional failure, job-related misery, and program failure to continue? How does NEASC in any way serve the students and communities that support the students (e.g., banking, state/federal public financing called “loans,” industry-academic partnerships, direct grants) by continuing to grant accreditation to the biggest abusers of adjunct labor in the State of New Hampshire, the Community College System of New Hampshire?

Don’t get too comfortable, Vermont.
Don’t even think about cozing up to the public relations office just yet, Community College of Vermont.
It’s not time to take a nap Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.

For now, take a look at the link above and below to NEASC, review the standards, and ask yourself: Does my institution’s policies and proceedures regarding adjunct labor exceed, meet, or fall below accreditation requirements?

Again, some may view this series as aggressive or radical. Others may start to remove links to this blog. It will be my happiest day when I am able to focus solely on my own writing, editing, teaching, and other projects. But, I will remain focused on radical institutional change as long as colleges and universities continue to hide behind accreditation while weakening ,if not altogether destroying, vital programs needed for economic (and, dare I say, intellectual) recovery.



About Dean RCB

Dean of Academics Lebanon College Philosophy and Integrated Liberal Arts Writer & Producer (theatre, television, film) Composer & Producer RCB lives in the Upper Valley with his wife and four boys.

4 responses to “Time to Review the Reviewers (Accreditation Series)

  1. I wrote to the accreditation board seven years ago and asked to serve on the accrediting teams. I also asked to review the accreditation language on instructional staffing and offer some recommendations. They wrote back with surprise, saying that “traditionally, Deans and tenured professors serve as volunteers on accreditation teams”> This is a long overdue point of emphasis–
    Just saw the photo. Sweet!

    • Betsy Smith, Massachusetts, on the NFM Board has served on one… her institution was reviewing and she was invited. Supposed to write up the experience for the possibly mythical newsletter appearing any day now. Anyway she also said she never got to see if her recommendations were included in the final version or if reviewed institution took them. Adjunct fac can serve but I’d bet what they get is document review the ten fac and admin don’t want to bother with… not so different from teaching assignments. 

      I just saw there are workshops for doing accreditation reviews and preparing for them. pricey too. If I win the lottery, I’d send Margaret to one… wired 


  2. I sent this link to Sissy Bradford in TX who would like nothing better than to hold TAMU-SA’s feet to the accrediting fire. FYI Jack Longmate in WA just got a complaint to the regional accrediting mafia dismissed. More may be afoot, expecting to be rejected but still pushing. Y’all need to connect.

  3. Reblogged this on As the Adjunctiverse Turns and commented:
    And who shall calibrate the calibraters? Who else but the lowest and most overlooked among the calibrated. A look behind the curtain is long overdue

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