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"Provocative ideas about accreditation from former WASC President" is a podcast with Ralph Wolff, former president of the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Amidst growing interest and criticism of accrediting organizations, Wolff suggests three key areas on which the accreditation reform dialogue should be focused: transparency by accrediting organizations, the federal recognition process, and collaboration among regional, national and specialized accrediting organizations. Wolff also discusses WASC’s own work to become more transparent about the process of accreditation and its outcomes and the Commission’s research on undergraduate core competencies, which was funded by the Lumina and Hewlett Foundations.

Interview facilitation, commentary and discussion presented by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin, and Elise Scanlon of Radio Higher Ed.

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Copyright © 2014 Radio Higher Ed . All Rights Reserved. Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network.

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Accreditation’s fall from grace (4:28)

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Reforming accreditation (6:09)

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Becoming learning-centered and outcomes focused (8:03)

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Creating a coherent understanding of what degrees mean (3:12)

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From a regional frame to a national policy imperative: Creating a common language (3:58)

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What is working in accreditation and should remain? (6:05)

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A Federal ratings system (2:26)

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Greater ED involvement in accreditation (6:04)

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Quality assurance and innovation (6:12)

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Keeping the best of accreditation (1:41)

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Accreditation reform through inspiration and exploration (4:55)

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Analysis by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin and Elise Scanlon (11:41)