3. CoA Site Visit
More representatives from the CoA will conduct a site visit at your institution to evaluate your program and verify information from the self-study. Typically, the CoA representatives will review program facilities and documentation and interview various people involved in the program, including students, administration, faculty, graduates and more as necessary.
Depending on the CoA, the site visit may last one to two days. It could be conducted virtually, on-site or a combination of both. The format typically varies depending on the profession and CoA needs and sometimes includes a pre-visit interview.
After the site visit, the CoA will send your program a report of its findings. After receiving the site visit report, you can respond to the findings before continuing the accreditation process.
4. CoA Recommendation
Next, the CoA will consider the site visit findings and your program’s response to either recommend your program for accreditation or to withhold or withdraw accreditation. The CoA may request additional information to help determine how compliant your program is with standards. If the CoA decides to recommend your program for accreditation, CAAHEP will review your program.
If the CoA recommends withdrawal, probation or withheld accreditation, your program will undergo due process. This allows you to request reconsideration and submit supplementary information or completely withdraw the application.
5. CAAHEP Board of Director’s Decision
The CAAHEP Board reviews each program with a CoA recommendation and makes the final accreditation decision. If your program is accredited, program directors and the institution president will receive electronic notification and accreditation statuses will be updated on the CAAHEP website.
Following initial accreditation, your CoA will monitor your program for continual compliance. Continual monitoring typically involves CAAHEP reporting like annual and progress reports to be completed and submitted on your end. Every three to five years, your program will need to renew accreditation with this process.
CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines
The CAAHEP accreditation standards are used to measure the quality of a program. Each discipline’s professionals develop the standards to ensure education programs are actually teaching students what they need to know for the given profession. The CAAHEP Board then reviews and approves the decided-upon standards. CAAHEP standards typically include guidelines for the following areas, varying depending on the discipline:
- Program goals
- Student/graduate outcomes and evaluation
- Fair practices
- Learning competencies
- And more
Accreditation standards are reviewed at least every 10 years, typically more often as technologies and procedures change. Since each discipline has different CAAHEP standards and they’re subject to change, understanding the current standards for your program is crucial.
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