Journal of Human Services
Throughout the United States, accrediting bodies serve as voluntary self-regulating entities designed to ensure accountability and quality assurance at the institutions that seek accreditation. To examine the impact of accreditation on the field of human services, a mixed-method content analysis was utilized. The 50 human services programs accredited by the Council for Standards on Human Services Education (CSHSE) as of July of 2018 were examined. Researchers also employed a triangulated approach to understand these programs through an analysis of Carnegie Classifications, regional accreditation agencies, and institutions programmatic websites. Results offer insight into how the CSHSE influences the professional identity of human services thorough: (1) variations in the length of time programs have been accredited; (2) regional distinctions between accredited programs; (3) and the titles of programs accredited by the CSHSE.
Original Publication Citation
Meade, N. A., Tarver, S. Z., & Rehfuss, M. C. (2019). Clarifying the identity of human services through a content analysis of programmatic accreditation. Journal of Human Services, 39(1), 33-46.
Meade, Nicola A.; Tarver, Shuntay Z.; and Rehfuss, Mark C., "Clarifying the Identity of Human Services Through a Content Analysis of Programmatic Accreditation" (2019). Counseling & Human Services Faculty Publications. 63.