Subjective Judgments and Overall Perception Dominate The Accreditation Processes - A Case Study from India

K G Viswanadhan


An effective accreditation mechanism should be able to demarcate between a good programme and a bad programme without any bias or preconceived notions of the assessor. This should be achieved through the analysis of variability of performance of programmes in various well-defined dimensions of quality. Moreover, the process should be as objective as possible to avoid the criticisms about the correctness of the decision. Considering these factors, a study has been planned to analyze the effectiveness of a well-established accreditation process. Accreditation process of National Board of Accreditation (NBA), India is taken as a case for the analysis. The study reveals the dominance of subjective judgments and overall perceptions of evaluators in the decision of accreditation status of a programme.

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Asian Social Science   ISSN 1911-2017 (Print)   ISSN 1911-2025 (Online)

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