Criteria for Accreditation

Criterion One


Criterion Statement:
The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.

Core Component 1A:
The institution’s mission is broadly understood within the institution and guides its operations.

Core Component 1B:
The mission is articulated publicly.

Core Component 1C:
The institution understands the relationship between its mission and the diversity of society.

Core Component 1D:
The institution’s mission demonstrates commitment to the public good.

Criterion Two


Criterion Statement:
The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.

Core Component 2A:
The institution operates with integrity in its financial, academic, personnel, and auxiliary functions; it establishes and follows policies and processes for fair and ethical behavior on the part of its governing board, administration, faculty, and staff.

Core Component 2B:
The institution presents itself clearly and completely to its students and to the public with regard to its programs, requirements, faculty and staff, costs to students, control, and accreditation relationships.

Core Component 2C:
The governing board of the institution is sufficiently autonomous to make decisions in the best interest of the institution and to assure its integrity.

Core Component 2D:
The institution is committed to freedom of expression and the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning.

Core Component 2E:
The institution’s policies and procedures call for responsible acquisition, discovery and application of knowledge by its faculty, students and staff.

Criterion Three

Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support

Criterion Statement:
The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.

Core Component 3A:
The institution’s degree programs are appropriate to higher education.

Core Component 3B:
The institution demonstrates that the exercise of intellectual inquiry and the acquisition, application, and integration of broad learning and skills are integral to its educational programs.

Core Component 3C:
The institution has the faculty and staff needed for effective, high-quality programs and student services.

Core Component 3D:
The institution provides support for student learning and effective teaching.

Core Component 3E:
The institution fulfills the claims it makes for an enriched educational environment.

Criterion Four

Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement

Criterion Statement:
The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.

Core Component 4A:
The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs.

Core Component 4B:
The institution demonstrates a commitment to educational achievement and improvement through ongoing assessment of student learning.

Core Component 4C:
The institution demonstrates a commitment to educational improvement through ongoing attention to retention, persistence, and completion rates in its degree and certificate programs.

Criterion Five

Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness

Criterion Statement:
The institution’s resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.

Core Component 5A:
The institution’s resource base supports its current educational programs and its plans for maintaining and strengthening their quality in the future.

Core Component 5B:
The institution’s governance and administrative structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes that enable the institution to fulfill its mission.

Core Component 5C:
The institution engages in systematic and integrated planning.

Core Component 5D:
The institution works systematically to improve its performance.

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