To be eligible for consideration for accreditation, an institution or entity must satisfy ACISC™ requirements. Use the Self-Assessment Checklist to determine your institution’s eligibility.
ACISC™ is committed to collaborating with the institution in effecting a smooth and deliberate path toward meeting criteria and attaining an accreditation status.
As part of the complete application for an initial grant of accreditation with ACISC™, an institution must complete a Campus Accountability Report (CAR). The CAR includes important data such as the overall enrollment at the institution, retention of students, and placement of completers and graduates.
Initial Resource Visit
Following the acceptance of the initial application materials, including the assessment of the institution’s financial stability, an ACISC™ staff member will conduct an Initial Resource Visit. The purpose of this visit is to assess the general eligibility of the institution; verify the enrollment, retention, and placement information submitted in the Annual Institutional Report; and examine other aspects of the institution’s readiness to proceed into the accreditation process.
The self-study is the most important part of the process of accreditation and must be considered a major effort of the institution, one requiring time and careful planning. The self-study provides the institution with the opportunity to engage in a comprehensive analysis of all aspects of its operation.
The Initial Accreditation Workshop is required for all initial applicants but is also open to anyone interested in learning about the ACISC™ Initial Accreditation process. The Renewal Accreditation Workshop provides an overview of evaluation visit preparation and procedures. The Renewal Accreditation Workshop is required for all institutions applying for a renewal of accreditation. The chief on-site administrator and/or self-study coordinator must attend an accreditation workshop within 18 months prior to the submission of the self-study.
When an institution has submitted a satisfactory self-study and other required documentation, the ACISC™ President will appoint a team to visit and evaluate the institution. The institution is notified of the composition of the visiting team and may request that team members be replaced for cause.
The evaluation team prepares a written report that covers each area reviewed at the institution and includes other information pertinent to an accurate evaluation. The report subsequently is sent by the team chair to ACISC™, and from there to the institution for its review and response.
Intermediate Review Committee
All materials pertinent to an institution’s accreditation are reviewed by experienced persons before being reviewed by ACISC™ Commissioners. This group will make a recommendation to ACISC™ if the evaluation file is complete. If the file is not complete, the reviewers will organize facts for ACISC™ but will not make a specific recommendation.
Based on a final review of pertinent information and data on the institution, ACISC™ Commissioners make a decision to accredit or renew accreditation or not to do so, or to limit or otherwise condition the grant of accreditation.