Eleven NAST briefing letters distributed to institutional representatives during the period February through May 2007 are available for free download and unrestricted use and distribution by institutions of higher education and other interested parties. The briefing letters provide an overview of several issues associated with the relationship among institutions of higher education and accrediting organizations. Traditionally, this relationship was conceived and operated on the principle that each entity was independent, and independence was to be especially protected with regard to specific academic decisions.
The eleven NAST briefing letters are listed below in the order they were presented to the Membership. Clicking on each will download the respective document as a PDF file.
Queries about the briefing letters may be directed to the National Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction of the issues for the higher education system.
Freedom and independence of institutions of higher education and the accreditation system.
Federal control of academic matters.
Accreditation is important to the freedom and independence of individual institutions and programs.
Results or “outcomes” in higher education and accreditation.
Results or “outcomes” in terms of disciplinary or professional content.
The public interest in higher education.
Public information and accreditation.
Definitions and concepts of student learning.
Sources, natures, and purposes of improvement and innovation in higher education.
Preservation of the fundamental values underlying the work of NAST and the other arts accrediting associations.