Tuning and Accreditation
Since Tuning defines Reference Points and Learning Outcomes for a degree in a discipline, then develops tools to assess the achievement of those LOs, it provides a means both to define expectations and to measure how well the program is achieving them. This is the substance of accreditation, whether it be institutional accreditation or disciplinary accreditation. If the assessments developed in a Tuning process are formatted for use in accreditation, as well as for refining the discipline’s curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment, then Tuning provides data directly for accreditation studies. Aside from reporting, Tuning and accreditation have a natural affinity as they both try to systematically evaluate and improve college-level learning.