Accrediting Higher Education with Students in Mind

Herman Bounds

When students go to obtain a degree in higher education, they expect that what they have studied and paid for is worth it all in the end. The goal is to have student success after graduation. 

No student would want to go through long hours of schooling and their degree not be accredited in the end. 

Herman Bounds, the Director of the Accreditation Group within the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, is tasked with ensuring that the accreditation agencies are following the proper regulations so that higher education institutions are upholding the standards for the students. 

Join us as we discuss:

  • Employer involvement with programmatic accreditors 
  • How accreditation agencies are conducting proper oversight of their institutions 
  • The steps to ensure a fair evaluation process for the institutions

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See Herman’s full bio below!

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Herman Bounds

Herman Bounds is the Director of the Accreditation Group within the Office of Postsecondary Education. He assumed that position in February 2014 after spending two years as an Education Program Specialist in the Accreditation Group. Herman was the Deputy Director at the Aviation Career Campus of Metro Technology Centers, a career and technical education school district in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. While serving as the deputy director Herman played a major role with developing a first of its kind workforce development project which provided Tinker Air Force Base with approximately 1,500 credentialed aviation maintenance technicians. During his tenure as deputy director the Aviation Career Campus maintained a 90 percent graduation and placement rate average for the aviation maintenance technology program. Herman was active in the accreditation process at the state level and served on site visit teams for the State Department of Career and Technical Education. Herman was also a subject matter expert for a human factors study (Psychological Study of Aircraft Accidents) conducted by Federal Aviation Administration. In addition, Herman is a U.S. Army veteran with 20 years of service.

Herman has a MS degree in Aerospace Administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State University; and an Ed.S. in Education Administrator Leadership from Walden University.

Podcast Info

Host: Dr. Amy Dykens, CEO, Weave Education

Guest: Herman Bounds, Director of the Accreditation Group, Office of Postsecondary Education

Episode #: 9