Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Following up on my previos post, Chronicle: Law Schools Resist Learning Outcome Measures: Drexel Dean Roger Dennis discusses The New Law School Accreditation Debate:
The drive for measurable outcomes is not unique to legal education. It is part of a major trend generally in higher education accreditation practice to make the rules more output rather than input oriented. ... So why are law schools resisting efforts to refocus accreditation on learning outcomes? ...
[A] significant source of the angst about the proposals is the well founded belief that, because the total resources available to a law school are not likely to grow, the new standards would lead to a major reallocation of institutional resources from faculty scholarship to skills teaching. My assumption is supported by the interest group politics exhibited to date. The major supporters of the proposal are the organized groups representing clinicians and legal writing faculty. So stay tuned. What looks like a modest debate about accreditation may lead to a deep discussion about our future.