Harry L. Bowman

Gentleman and Scholar

1938 - 2018

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Harry Bowman was born in Jacks Creek, Tennessee in 1938. A sharp mind, hard work, and perseverance took him from picking cotton in rural west Tennessee fields to the achievement of several higher education degrees (including two baccalaureates, a master’s degree, and an Ed.D.) and membership in Mensa.

Harry served more than two decades at the University of Memphis and retired as the Associate Dean of the College of Education. For more than 40 years, he worked tirelessly on innumerable site visits for the Council and its predecessor, served as a Commissioner and its Chair, and was ultimately elected the president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He was a valued trustee of the American Technical Education Association (ATEA), and treasured chair, board member, and president of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA), which established the Harry L. Bowman Service Award in 1992 in honor of his many contributions to that organization.

He was a dedicated member of the Episcopal Church and a devoted husband, father, and friend. Harry’s vision and commitment led to the creation of the Council in 1995, and thanks to the dramatic changes he initiated, the Council’s membership is larger than ever, literally spans the globe, and includes the most diverse institutional population of any recognized technical education accreditor.

Harry Bowman was truly a gentleman and a scholar. He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to know him.

(The University of Memphis is accepting donations in Harry’s name. If you wish to contribute to this fund, click HERE. Select:

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If you wish to donate by check/mail, address gifts to the following address, listing “In Memorial of Dr. Harry Bowman” on the memo line: (Checks payable to) The University of Memphis Foundation, Department 238, The UofM Foundation, P.O. Box 1000, Memphis, TN 38148-0001)

Dues Schedule

Each candidate or accredited institution shall pay annual dues based on enrollment (*Full-Time Equivalent-FTE or **Average on Board-AOB) according to the following schedule.

*FTE / **AOB Annual Dues 2018-2019
***From 10 to 137 $2,850
138 – 276 $3,100
277 – 415 $3,350
416 – 553 $3,600
554 – 692 $4,000
693 – 1,039 $4,400
1,040 – 1,386 $4,800
1,387 – 2,079 $5,400
2,080 – 2,773 $5,900
2,774 – 4,160 $6,600
4,161 – 6,934 $7,500
6,935 – 13,869 $8,500
More Than 13,869 $9,500

* – One FTE is equal to 900 student contact clock hours, 45 quarter credit hours, or 30 semester credit hours.

**-In some cases, Federal institutions may use an ‘Average on Board’ (AOB) measure in place of FTEs for computing annual dues.

*** – Institutions with less than 10 FTE are not eligible for candidate status with the Council on Occupational Education (see Eligibility Requirements).

Non-Main Campus Dues

In addition to the annual dues based on total enrollment (FTE) for all campuses, all candidate and accredited institutions shall pay annual dues for each non-main campus site as follows:

Non-Main Campus Sites Annual Dues 2018-2019
Branch Campus $1,000
Branch Campus (Federal) $500
Instructional Service Center $500
Extension Campus $250

(Exemption: For institutions in candidate or accredited status with the Commission on June 30, 1985, branch campuses in operation on that date are exempt from payment of non-main campus dues.)

Annual Payment

Annual dues invoices are distributed to all institutions via email in the spring of each year and are due no later than July 1st. Annual dues are for the fiscal year July 1 – June 30.

Refund Policy

No refund of annual dues is made to a candidate or accredited institution.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) is a unit of measurement used by the Commission to define the amount of scheduled instruction that equates to one full-time student during one academic year. The Commission defines an FTE as 900 contact (clock) hours, 45 quarter credit hours, or 30 semester credit hours of scheduled instruction. The clock or credit hours used to calculate an institution’s FTE must reflect coursework in which a student has enrolled and matriculated. The FTE does not include hours or credits transferred from other institutions or awarded as CLEP courses. (See the Policies and Rules of the Commission for a discussion of the rationale for this definition.)

Cost of Institutional Evaluations

Institutions must reimburse the Council for all costs of institutional team visits (i.e., team visits for candidacy, initial accreditation, reaffirmation of accreditation, focused review, and substantive changes). Reimbursable items include the cost of transportation, lodging, and meals for visiting team members and staff members and/or Commission representatives. Specific procedures regarding deposits, reimbursement, and travel regulations are presented in the Policies and Rules of the Commission.


Fees shall be assessed according to the schedule below. All fees shall be non-refundable. Other fees apply to substantive changes.

FEES Amount
Application for Candidate for Accreditation $1,500
Warning Status $500
Probation Status $750
Show Cause Status $1,000
Focused Review Visit $750
Notice of Intent to Appeal $5,000
Reprocessing Insufficient Application, Report, or Response $250
Initial Accreditation $1,000
Renewal of Accreditation $1,000
Substantive Change Team Visit Deposit $3,000
Non-Public Institution Candidate Team Visit Deposit $3,000
Non-Public Institution Accreditation Team Visit Deposit $5,000
Third-Party Reviews (see Policies and Rules for audit reviews) $1,500


Failure to pay dues, fees, penalties, or any other charges by the due date 10% of Original Invoice Amount
Failure to pay dues, fees, penalties, or any other charges within 30 days after the due date Additional 20% of Original Invoice Amount
Failure to provide annual report or other report by due date $2,000
Failure to attend a workshop required by policy or action of the Commission within the specified time period $2,000
Failure to disclose a substantive change to the Commission $1,500
Failure to host a substantive change site visit within 180 days $1,500


The Council requires deposits for certain substantive changes, accreditation team visits, and appeal board hearings. Unused funds on deposit for those activities will be applied toward any outstanding debt an institution owes the Council.