are scheduled during the months of November - April prior to the fall
During a program's accreditation hearing the Council can make one of the following actions regarding the program's accreditation status:
Accreditation or re-accreditation is granted:
commendations: Council may recognize exemplary performance with reference to
specific standards and learning outcomes through commendations.
or without recommendations: Based on the Visitation Report and directly
relating to the standards, the Council may suggest non-binding recommendations,
which Programs/Specializations may choose to implement. Recommendations are
considered minor in nature; they are not grounds for conditional accreditation,
or for deferral or denial of accreditation.
or without requirement of additional information and/or minor revisions:
Accreditation or reaccreditation will be contingent upon Program’s response to
specific, minor concerns about one or more standards by a date specified in the
motion. Failure to provide the requested changes or revisions within the time
period will result in placement of the Program on Conditional status.
Extend current accreditation and defer action on reaccreditation with:
Conditions are based
on noncompliance with specific standards or failure to provide sufficient
evidence to document compliance with the standards.
Conditions are more serious than Recommendations and Requests for additional
information and/or revisions, and may arise from “major concerns” noted by Site
Visitors. In the case that a Program/Specialization fails to address conditions
by the designated deadline, fails to address the conditions to the satisfaction
of the Council, or submits no response to conditions by the established
deadline, a warning is issued that withdrawal of accreditation is imminent.
Upon receipt of a written petition from the institution and at its discretion,
Council may extend conditions for an additional specified period of time.
The Program is
placed on warning. Warnings are formal statements issued by the Council
that signal serious concerns about lack of evidence supporting compliance with
standards and the imminent withdrawal of accreditation if issues are not
addressed. Warnings are given when an accredited Program/Specialization is
shown to have fallen significantly and/or consistently below standards, or has
submitted materials that inadequately document compliance with conditions. It
should be noted that the Council may issue a warning to a Program/Specialization
that has not previously received one or more conditions. The Program/Specialization is warned that accreditation will be withdrawn if
specific improvements are not made within a prescribed time.
Deferral refers to the act of delaying the decision on accreditation. Deferrals
may occur only on initial accreditation reviews. A deferral may be issued when
compelling evidence indicates that Program/Specialization weaknesses can be
minimized or eliminated in a short period of time.
Action 4, Denial: Accreditation not granted/withdrawn
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