Accreditation Decisions Prior to April 2010

Note: At its October 2009 meeting the Unit Accreditation Board (UAB) agreed to no longer use the terms conditions, provisions, and probation. 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.

Below are the Accreditation Decisions Applicable to Institutions that Received Decisions Prior to April 2010.

Accreditation

This accreditation decision indicates that the unit meets each of the six NCATE standards for unit accreditation. Areas for improvement may be cited, indicating problems warranting the institution’s attention. In its subsequent annual reports, the unit may describe progress made in addressing the areas for improvement cited in NCATE’s action report. The next on-site visit is scheduled for five years following the semester of the accreditation visit. First accreditation is retroactive to the semester or quarter in which the on-site visit occurred.

Continuing Accreditation

This accreditation decision indicates that the unit meets each of the six NCATE standards for unit accreditation. Areas for improvement may be cited, indicating problems warranting the institution’s attention. In its subsequent annual reports, the unit is encouraged to describe progress made in addressing the areas for improvement cited in NCATE’s action report. The next on-site visit is scheduled for five or seven years following the semester of the continuing accreditation visit, depending on the state in which the institution is located.

When one level of the unit receives continuing accreditation and a new level is accredited for the first time, the next accreditation visit will be in seven years if the state agency has agreed to a seven-year cycle of reviews.

Provisional Accreditation

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This accreditation decision indicates that the unit has not met one or more of the standards. When the UAB renders this decision, the unit has accredited status, but must satisfy provisions by meeting previously unmet standard(s).

If provisional accreditation is granted, the UAB will require (1) submission of documentation that addresses the unmet standard(s) within six months of the accreditation decision or (2) a focused visit on the unmet standard(s) within two years* of the semester that the provisional accreditation decision was granted. When a decision is made by the UAB to require submission of documentation, the institution may choose to waive that option in favor of a focused visit within two years* of the semester that the provisional accreditation decision was made.

If documentation is submitted under the terms specified in the above paragraph, the UAB will decide to (1) grant accreditation or (2) require a focused visit within one year of the semester in which the documentation was submitted. If a focused visit occurs, within the timeframes as specified above, the UAB will decide to (1) grant accreditation or (2) revoke accreditation.

If accreditation is granted, the next on-site visit is scheduled for five years following the semester in which the first accreditation visit occurred.

In cases where the UAB grants provisional accreditation solely because of concerns with test scores, the UAB will require submission of documentation that addresses the unmet standard within two years* of the semester that the provisional accreditation decision was granted. If documentation is submitted under these terms, the UAB will decide to (1) continue accreditation or (2) revoke accreditation. If accreditation is continued, the next on-site visit is scheduled for five years following the semester in which the accreditation visit occurred.

Accreditation with Conditions

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This accreditation decision indicates that the unit has not met one or more of the NCATE standards. When the UAB renders this decision, the unit maintains its accredited status but must satisfy conditions by meeting the previously unmet standard(s).

If accreditation with conditions is granted, the UAB will require (1) submission of documentation that addresses the unmet standard(s) within six months of the accreditation decision or (2) a focused visit on the unmet standard(s) within two years* of the semester that the accreditation with conditions was granted. When a decision is made by the UAB to require submission of documentation, the institution may choose to waive that option in favor of a focused visit within two years* of the semester that the accreditation with conditions decision was made.

If documentation is submitted under the terms specified in the above paragraph, the UAB will decide to (1) continue accreditation or (2) require a focused visit within one year of the semester in which the documentation was submitted. If a focused visit occurs, within the timeframes as specified above, the UAB will decide to (1) continue accreditation or (2) revoke accreditation.

If continuing accreditation is granted, the next on-site visit is scheduled for seven years (in some states, five years) following the semester in which the continuing accreditation visit occurred. This scheduling maintains the unit’s original accreditation cycle.

In cases where the UAB grants accreditation with conditions solely because of concerns with test scores, the UAB will require submission of documentation that addresses the unmet standard within two years* of the semester that the accreditation with conditions decision was granted. If documentation is submitted under these terms, the UAB will decide to (1) continue accreditation or (2) revoke accreditation. If continuing accreditation is granted, the next on-site visit is scheduled for seven years (in some states, five years) following the semester in which the accreditation visit occurred.

*18 months, beginning with site visits in fall 2007.

Accreditation with Probation

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This accreditation decision indicates that the unit does not meet one or more of the NCATE standards, and has pervasive problems that limit its capacity to offer quality programs that adequately prepare candidates.

If accreditation with probation is granted, the unit must schedule an on-site visit within two years of the semester in which the probationary decision was rendered. The unit as part of this visit must address all NCATE standards in effect at the time of the probationary review at the two-year point.

Following the on-site review, the UAB will decide to (1) continue accreditation or (2) revoke accreditation. If accreditation is continued, the next on-site visit is scheduled for five years after the semester of the probationary visit.


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