We Know Very Little: Accreditation and Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Rachel Fester, Marybeth Gasman, Thai Huy Nguyen

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Abstract

In this article, the authors examine the literature on accreditation in postsecondary education in the United States and, in particular, on accreditation as it influences historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). First, the authors discuss some of the challenges of preparing a literature review on this topic. Second, they explain what accreditation entails in the United States, including a description of accrediting agencies and the accreditation review process. Third, they review both the academic and the more general literature on accreditation in general. Fourth, they review both the academic and the general literature on accreditation as it shapes HBCUs. Finally, they discuss lessons learned from the literature, including both gaps and areas for improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)806-819
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Black Studies
Volume43
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • Black colleges
  • Black education
  • accreditation
  • higher education

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