Adhering to Professional Standards | Origin: CM106

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Creating a Compliant Culture: Do's and Don'ts --> Adhering to Professional Standards 

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I was not aware that schools had an option to be accredited or not. I know that accreditation takes time, but the schools in my opinion should at least be working towards accreditation and have a time frame for completion. What is the purpose of receiving an education from a school without accreditation? Most people who seek out education are looking for opportunities, and I don’t see how a non-accredited school can be of use. Having the option to go back to school is important, because qualifications for jobs are changing rapidly, and if a student goes to a school where their credits don’t transfer, then they have to start all over. I did know that it was illegal for schools to knowingly withhold information from students, my old school did that to me, and now I’m completing my second bachelors, because their staff withheld information. Then when I further investigated the program, no 1 person gave me the same answer, which made completing my educational goals more difficult. Moving forward as an instructor and someone who my students look to as a resource, I will always do my best to make ethical decisions, and insure that they know resources to help them be successful and learn from my mistakes. Also, does anyone know how if I can be reimbursed or have some just from the issues I faced with my old school who mislead me?

This topic really reinforced the importance of accreditation and doing the right thing for a student for me. I was aware of some of the implications of misleading or withholding information from a student but this module really solidified the importance. I also was not aware that the Department of Education did not determine state education standards. I previously believed they were to driving force for the education standards per state. It is clear that compliance is not just important to meet regulatory standards but really for the benefit of the institution: honesty and integrity bring in students, positive word of mouth and help retain students by building trust.

I have learned the responsibilities of the three triads and how important it is to have the Department of education, accredeting bodies and the state agencies.