Securing CACREP accreditation is a comprehensive process that won’t be done overnight, but by keeping the following steps in mind, you will be able to organize everything you need to meet CACREP’s requirements.
CACREP accreditation is no walk in the park! Their rigorous standards and review processes are designed to ensure that students are receiving the highest quality graduate-level education in counseling. CACREP accreditation is a stamp of approval that validates your program’s prowess to prospective students, state licensing boards, and governing bodies at your institution and beyond.
Establish Foundational Elements for Program Review
The program review consists of a review of the learning environment and your program’s learning outcomes. This step requires the most advanced planning and should be squared away before students begin the program.
Centralize Data Collection
Writing your self-study and preparing for your CACREP site visit can feel overwhelming, but by collecting all the data you need in one centralized system from the outset, these tasks will become much less daunting later on down the road!
In addition to the program review elements described in step 1, CACREP wants to see:
- How and where student performance and competence development are evaluated across your program.
- A system to manage all elements of the students’ professional practice experience.
- Review and analysis of student performance outcomes to inform further program improvement.
Each of these requirements will be explored further in the final 3 steps of this process.
Fortunately, Tevera was designed with exactly this task in mind!
Execute Your Assessment Plan
Evaluation of Students
Create a system of assessment for each of your core and specialty courses in which each student can be evaluated by program faculty in alignment with program outcomes and key performance indicators.
As mentioned above, by consolidating all of these assessments into one, electronic system, you will be able to leverage insights into individual and aggregate student performance outcomes at the click of a button!
Evaluation of Faculty and Supervisors
Per CACREP Standard 4, Counselor education programs must have processes in place in which students can provide evaluative feedback to their faculty and site supervisors on a regular basis.
Tevera provides a valuable user experience for program administrators, faculty, site supervisors, and students alike, so you can collect data from anyone! Provide faculty and site supervisor evaluations in Tevera so that you can collect this data alongside your student outcomes for deeper insight into the student experience.
Facilitate Professional Practice
The student field experience is a cornerstone of their professional educational journey, but it doesn’t come without its own challenges. Supporting students while in the field requires significant coordination!
Review Program Outcomes
Once the data is collected via your assessment process in a system that aggregates the data for you, you can easily analyze individual or aggregate outcomes by class, cohort, program level, or across your entire program.
Use this data to demonstrate student outcomes to CACREP site visitors, share outcomes with key program stakeholders, and inform program improvements to adjust your assessment plan as needed for future semesters.
Tevera’s robust reporting capabilities will provide all of the data you need for CACREP accreditation and more!
See how we do it here.