Pham Thi Tuyet Nhung

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This literature review addresses five themes that inform the faculty standards in U.S. regional accreditation commissions: faculty credentials, the relationship between institutional missions and faculty responsibilities; full-time, part-time and contingent faculty; faculty responsibilities, and faculty in disciplinary-based accreditation. The review supports institutions’ responses to the standards of full time faculty adequacy and credentials in six U.S. regional accreditation commissions. The study’s findings may provide common themes related to faculty adequacy to facilitate the institutions’ definitions and standards for faculty adequacy. The results might be of interest to accreditors in other countries as they develop and revise their standards related to faculty adequacy. Some recommendations are made for institutional and programmatic accreditation to improve the current faculty standards and some input for HEIs to build the internal quality improvement in faculty adequacy, credentials and evaluation.

Keywords: Key words: Faculty adequacy, accreditation standards, U.S. regional accreditation commissions


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