At its January retreat the Commission began the mid-course review of the Standards for Accreditation and had a discussion about new federal regulations that will require revisions to several policies. The Commission seeks input from member institutions about these matters.
Standards Mid-Course Review
The mid-course review of the Standards for Accreditation is undertaken in keeping with the Policy on the Revision and Review of Standards for Accreditation which specifies “At the fifth year of the ten-year standards review cycle, the Commission shall engage in an examination of application of the Standards for Accreditation to assure that these criteria have proven to be valid and reliable indicators of institutional quality.” The mid-course review is not meant to be a full-fledged review but rather is meant to ensure that the current Standards are up-to-date and useful.
The 2016 Standards for Accreditation can be found here. Please send any suggestions you have for the mid-course review to Barbara Brittingham via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 1, 2020. Please use “Standards and Policy Revisions” as the subject line.
Changes to federal regulations will necessitate revisions to 23 of the Commission’s policies. These 23 policy changes have been organized into three groups: (1) ten policies that have relatively minor changes; (2) six policies that have moderate changes that are, in essence, mandated by federal regulation; and (3) two new policies and five existing policies with significant changes. Each of the proposed policy changes can be found here.
You may send your comments about the proposed revisions to Barbara Brittingham via email (email@example.com) by May 1, 2020. Please use “Standards and Policy Revisions” as the subject line.