Geology Programs and Disciplinary Accreditation

Robert Corbett, Erica Corbett, Illinios State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University

This report raises the question of whether accreditation may be coming to the geology discipline, and attempts to quantify the positions on accreditation of academic department heads/chairs. The study makes a distinction between institutional and specialized (or disciplinary) accreditation and explores attitudes toward both types. Results of the analysis are presented with a discussion of two methods of data interpretation, a multivariate analysis technique and the Chi square test for heterogeneity or independence. The report concludes that there is currently insufficient support for establishing disciplinary accreditation in geology.

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Grade Level: Graduate/ProfessionalKeywords: Beliefs and attitudes, Data analysis