Why is CACREP Reaccreditation so Difficult?
The process is not easy because it involves a lot of people and organizations (think students, administrators, professors and instructors, supervisors, etc.). The steps within the reaccreditation process, if neglected or put off, make the end result exponentially more difficult. We are referring to, of course, the ongoing data collection, such as tracking scores, evaluations, reports, and logs of students’ hours required by CACREP. Requirements can also change from one accreditation period to the next, making organization even more crucial.
Add in the potential for staff changes at a program throughout or between accreditation timelines, which only requires more training and more time, and it’s not hard to see why this process is dreaded by administrators across the U.S..
Reaccreditation is also not free. Programs need to budget for the $2,500 application fee, $2,000 cost per site visit visitor plus additional site visit costs, and a yearly membership fee ranging from $3,800–$4,000. All told, each reaccreditation cycle can cost more than $8,500, making careful budgeting an additional necessity.