SELF-STUDY PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES
The self-study is the most important part of the process of accreditation and must be considered a major effort of the institution. It is not an endeavor that can be completed hastily. It requires 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. Essentially, the self-evaluation process forms the basis for the improvement of the educational effectiveness of the institution. Self-Study Procedures and Guidelines.
NARRATIVE REPORT AND EXHIBITS
The self-study questions are based, for the most part, on the standards in the Accreditation Criteria. Institutions are encouraged to review the evaluation standards in Title III carefully before commencing with the self-study. The narrative report should be prepared using clear and concise language and should respond to all of the questions asked. Exhibits should be included at the end of the narrative report. Exhibits should be provided only if they are essential to the team’s review and preparation prior to the visit.
RENEWALS OF ACCREDITATION
To initiate a new grant (reevaluation) process, an institution must purchase an application and upload the self-study and required documents three months prior to the institution’s assigned visit cycle (as indicated in the grant expiration letter that is sent out approximately one year prior to the current grant’s date of expiration).