Between the Disciplines: Accreditation Considerations for Stand-Alone Nonprofit Education Programs

Authors

  • Robert F. Ashcraft Arizona State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/JNEL-2017-V7-SI1-8236

Keywords:

nonprofit education programs, nonprofit leadership and management, philanthropy studies, accreditation, curricular standards, winemaking

Abstract

Stand-alone nonprofit education programs are a relatively small yet growing and increasingly influential part of the higher education landscape. By their nature, they almost always represent a nonprofit and philanthropy–first orientation, attracting students who seek full degrees within their chosen field rather than within other disciplines. In this essay, I argue for an accreditation framework advanced by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC), that is informed by the 2016 NACC Accreditation Summit and by a story of winemaking that has remarkable similarities to NACC’s foray into accreditation, each with a goal of acknowledging quality and legitimacy without regard for academic or geographic location, thus respecting insights from those who lead stand-alone programs.

Author Biography

Robert F. Ashcraft, Arizona State University

Executive Director and Associate ProfessorLodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit InnovationSchool of Community Resources and DevelopmentArizona State University

Published

2017-04-13

Issue

Section

Is Accreditation Good for the Field?