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Accreditation Decisions

At its October 2009 meeting the Unit Accreditation Board (UAB) agreed to no longer use the terms conditions, provisions, and probation. Beginning in spring 2010, the UAB will have the option of granting or continuing accreditation for a defined length of time, deferring the decision until the next meeting, or denying or revoking accreditation. This change is designed to be less punitive in nature and to be more supportive of continuous improvement. Decisions to deny and revoke accreditation will continue to be NCATE’s only adverse decisions that will be eligible for appeal.

Beginning at its April 2010 meeting, the UAB will make one the following seven accreditation decisions for each institution being reviewed:

  • Accreditation for five years. All standards are met, no serious problems exist across standards, and the state retains a five-year cycle.

  • Accreditation for seven years. All standards are met and no serious problems exist across standards.

  • Accreditation for two years with a focused visit. When at least one standard is not met and problems are centered in the unmet standard, a focused visit within two years will be required. If the standard continues to be unmet after the focused visit, accreditation will be revoked.
    (See also: Accreditation for Two Years with a Focused Visit)

  • Accreditation for two years with a full visit. When one or more standards are not met and serious problems exist across standards, a full visit will be requested. If the standard(s) continues to be unmet after the full visit, accreditation will be revoked.

  • Defer decision. The UAB will defer a decision if the Board of Examiners (BOE) team recommended that any standard was met for which the UAB did not accept the team's recommendation. A supplemental rejoinder related to the new unmet standard(s) will be submitted for review during the next UAB meeting. If the standard(s) continues to be unmet after the supplemental rejoinder, accreditation will be granted for 18 months with either a focused or full visit.
    (See also: Guidance for Submitting a Supplemental Rejoinder)

  • Deny accreditation. When one or more standards are not met and the preponderance of evidence indicates problems across multiple standards by an institution seeking accreditation for the first time.

  • Revoke accreditation. When one or more standards are not met and the preponderance of evidence indicates problems across multiple standards by an institution seeking to continue accreditation. (See: Policy on Revocation of Accreditation.)

Adopted: 10/2009 ; Revised 4/2012. 


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