Accreditation records of The Cooper Union
Scope and Contents
This collection contains accreditation materials for The Cooper Union dating back to 1958. The bulk of this collection is related to accreditation by the Middle States Association, which has been regularly assessesing the entire institution of The Cooper Union since the mid-1900s. There are also materials related to accreditation of specific programs by both the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and the National Association for Schools of Art and Design.
- Creation: 1958 - 2018
- Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (Organization)
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design (Organization)
- Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (Organization)
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
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Conditions Governing Use
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Biographical / Historical
"Accreditation" means that an institution has been recognized by an accrediting agency as maintaining a certain level of educational standards. Accrediting agencies in turn are reviewed for quality by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the United States Department of Education (USDE). The accreditation system in American higher education began in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a way for colleges and universities to distinguish themselves from "diploma mills," i.e. institutions that don't educate but rather supply illegitimate diplomas or certificates for a fee.
5.17 Linear Feet : 4 record cartons; 1 legal-sized manuscript box
Language of Materials
This collection contains accreditation materials for The Cooper Union dating back to 1958. Accrediting organizations included in this collection are the Middle States Association, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and the National Association for Schools of Art and Design.
This collection has been arranged by accreditation organization and by date.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was acquired from the schools of The Cooper Union in accordance with the college records retention policy.
- Mary Mann and Anjanisari Ramadhani
- September 2022
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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