Linda Suskie

 A Common Sense Appr​oach to Assessment in Higher Education


Announcing my new book on accreditation and accountability!

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 3:25 PM


 I have a new book coming out this fall! Five Dimensions of Quality: A Common Sense Guide to Accreditation and Accountability, with a marvelous foreword by Stan Ikenberry, will be released by Jossey-Bass in October.


The book offers straightforward guidance on understanding and meeting calls for ensuring and advancing quality, including responding to calls from accreditors and from others asking for greater accountability, by answering questions such as:

• What is a quality education? What is a quality college? What is an effective college?

• How can colleges ensure that their students are receiving the best possible education?

• How can colleges demonstrate their quality and effectiveness to accreditors, government policymakers, students, and others?


The book takes all the things that U.S. accreditors, government policymakers, and other stakeholders are expecting of colleges and universities today and organizes them into a simple of model of five dimensions of quality that will help you understand not only what your accreditor expects but why.


The five dimensions of quality are:

I. A culture of relevance

II. A culture of community

III. A culture of focus and aspiration

IV. A culture of evidence

V. A culture of betterment


As you might expect from me, the book offers plenty of practical tips. And there’s so much jargon today that I’ve populated the book with “Jargon Alerts!”—sidebars that explain jargon in everyday terms.


For more information, including the table of contents, and to pre-order a copy, visit

Categories: Accreditation, Institutional effectiveness