Lapse of Accreditation

An institution that does not host a site visit within the required semester, or fails to provide written documentation in response to a provisional or conditional accreditation decision within the stated timeframe, will be considered to have allowed its accreditation to lapse. Within 30 days of the date the institution receives written notice from NCATE that its accreditation has ended due to failure to comply with one of the requirements stated above, NCATE will notify the Secretary of Education, the appropriate state agency and regional accrediting agency, and the public of the lapse of accreditation. Termination of accreditation will be retroactive to the end of the semester prior to the semester in which the visit was to have occurred.

In rare cases, NCATE staff may allow an accredited institution to revert to candidacy for a period not to exceed two years, if the institution is unable to host an accreditation review within its scheduled semester but is ineligible for a delay. (See “Postponement of the On-Site Review.”) In such cases, the institution will be required to notify candidates currently enrolled in teacher education programs of the change in accreditation status. Institutions will be required to address the standards, including program standards (if applicable), that are in effect for the semester in which they choose to host their next review. NCATE will notify the Secretary of Education, the appropriate state agency and regional accrediting agency, and the public, of the institution’s return to candidacy and the date of its accreditation review.


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