Paper Type

Doctoral Dissertation


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)


Leadership, School Counseling & Sport Management

First Advisor

Dr. Katherine M. Kasten

Second Advisor

Dr. Larry G. Daniel

Third Advisor

Dr. Joyce T. Jones

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Earle C. Traynham


The purpose of the present study was to examine the costs incurred and the benefits realized by institutions participating in the NCATE accreditation process and to formulate a cost-benefit model to guide teacher training institutions who are assessing the value of peerreview by NCATE. The study utilized quantitative methodology with a descriptive research design. The study featured researcher-designed questionnaires: Accreditation Cost-Benefit Analysis Scale for faculty (ACBAS) and the Costs Inventory Analysis (CIA) for administrators and was administered to a purposive sample of faculty and administrators at 54 colleges of education that had participated in the NCATE accreditation process and sitevisit during the period of January 2003-December 2004.

The data indicated that faculty and administrators hold distinct perceptions regarding the benefits, costs, and other issues related to NCATE accreditation. Administrators specified the mean cost of NCATE accreditation was approximately $100,000, on average, as indicated by an analysis of the data provided on the CIA. Furthermore, a discriminant analysis of the data confirmed that administrators and those faculty considerably (7-10 hours per week) involved in the accreditation process had a greater appreciation for the benefits and costs of NCATE accreditation than did those faculty and significantly (3-6 hours per week) or only moderately (0-2 hours per week) involved. Finally, the data indicated that there was no difference in the perceptions between faculty and administrators regarding costs, benefits, and other issues related to accreditation when measured on the ACBAS.