Posted by Kevin Matthews on February 24, 2003 at 14:32:13:
In Reply to: Is NAAB really important?? posted by jon on February 24, 2003 at 05:30:25:
Like most accreditation boards, the NAAB is a committee-based organization, almost necessarily bureaucractic, and it is intertwined with the network of established players (aka 'old boy network') in professional organizations and academic organizations.
As such, it is probably much better than nothing. It establishes a sort of minimum standard for architecture schools, which is valuable in itself, even if somewhat uninspiring.
In such networks of professional relationships, it is difficult and truly professionally dangerous for individuals to be outspokenly truthful. And without individual frankness, it is hard for a committee to get anywhere close to truth.
The most exceptional part of your story, from my experience, is that an incompetent dean was sent packing. If that's true, then it sounds like you are blessed with someone higher-up on campus who really cares about the quality of the architecture school.
I very much wish that were currently the case for the architecture school near me, one with a long and proud history of good leadership, which has been squandered more and more over the last half-dozen years or so.
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