A Critical Perspective on Nonprofit Accreditation

Authors

  • Roseanne Mirabella Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, Seton Hall University
  • Angela Eikenberry School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/JNEL-2017-V7-SI1-8235

Keywords:

critical theory, accreditation, nonprofit management education

Abstract

In this paper, we draw on a critical theory perspective to address the question, would a minimally invasive accreditation process be wise, possible, and credible? We do this by first providing an assessment of what we see as current oppressive structures that accreditation would likely affirm rather than challenge. Next, we present evidence from the literature on the consequences of accreditation. We suggest that although accreditation might be possible, it may not be wise or credible if we are concerned with preparing students for social change efforts. Finally, we present an alternative approach to thinking about and providing nonprofit management education.

Published

2017-04-13

Issue

Section

Is Accreditation Good for the Field?