Revocation of Accreditation

Revocation of accreditation terminates the accreditation of a professional education unit. A Unit Accreditation Board motion to revoke accreditation may be triggered by one of the following circumstances:

  1. Following a full visit requested by the Unit Accreditation Board within two years of the previous full visit, the unit does not meet one or more standards, and has areas for improvement that limit its capacity to offer quality programs that adequately prepare candidates.

  2. Following a focused visit requested by the Unit Accreditation Board within two years of a full visit, the unit has not sufficiently addressed the unmet standards that were the focus of the provisional or conditional review.

  3. Following an onsite visit initiated by the Complaint Review Committee of the Executive Board, an accredited unit is found not to meet NCATE standard(s) or conditions for accreditation.

  4. Following an onsite visit initiated by the Unit Accreditation Board at the recommendation of the Annual Report and Preconditions Audit Committee, an accredited unit has not sufficiently addressed the concerns identified by that committee (see Policies on Submission and Review of Annual Reports).

  5. If accreditation is revoked at one level only, that level must gain an accredited status within three years to maintain the accreditation of the other level. 1

  6. As outlined in the paragraph below, the President of NCATE can make a motion to revoke accreditation on grounds that an accredited unit (1) no longer meets preconditions to accreditation, including but not limited to the decision of the state or institutional accreditor to put the institution on probation, or its equivalent; (2) refuses to pay the fees that it has been assessed; (3) misrepresents its accreditation status to the public; (4) has falsely reported data and/or plagiarized information submitted for accreditation purposes; or (5) fails to submit annual reports or other documents required for accreditation.

The president can make a motion to revoke accreditation under any one of these five conditions, only after providing at least four months notice to the chief executive officer of the institution. The notice will contain sufficient information to allow the institution to understand the alleged violation, and will invite the institution to correct the violation, or demonstrate that it is not in violation of the condition(s), within no more than four months from the date of notice. The president’s notice, and the response from the institution, if any, will be submitted to an audit committee of the UAB at the first meeting following the four-month period of notice. The audit committee will make a recommendation to the full board to either (1) maintain accreditation; (2) revoke accreditation; or (3) take other appropriate action.

The president of NCATE shall notify an institution that it has lost its NCATE accreditation if the institution has lost state approval and/or institutional accreditation. This policy will apply after all appeals have been completed.

Termination Date for Revocation of Accreditation

Revocation of accreditation terminates accreditation at the end of the semester or quarter in which a final decision is made.

The institution may submit written comments after revocation of accreditation is finalized. The comments would be available to the U.S. Department of Education, the appropriate state licensing agency, and the public upon request.

Rev. 5/03; 4/07, 4/10

1. Effective spring 2008


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