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Published on June 19, 2008

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Accreditation Basics and How Do I Get There? : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. Accreditation Basics and How Do I Get There? 2008 AACS Spring Management Conference Scottsdale, Arizona March 30-31, 2008 Prepared by: Joanne Rose-Johnson, President Educational Advisors Inc. joanne@edadvisors.com | www.edadvisors.com Presenters : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. Presenters Joann Zakarin, President, Advanced Training, and COE Commissioner Phillip Stewart, Chairman, NACCAS Dr. Paul Bott, Paul Bott Associates, and Vice-Chairman, ACCSCT Objectives : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. Objectives Overview of Accreditation – What it is, Why Become Accredited, How to become Accredited Overviews of COE, NACCAS and ACCSCT Introduction to the Self-Evaluation Report Social Responsibility of being an Accredited Institution Traps that schools fall into while going through accreditation What is Accreditation? : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. What is Accreditation? Accreditation is a process of assisting private career schools and colleges to become stronger and better institutions by setting standards of educational quality. It is a self-analysis and continuous improvement which through voluntary association with others helps educational institutions improve the quality of their programs. The process is voluntary and is an earned status. Why would an institution want to become accredited? : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. Why would an institution want to become accredited? Signifies a level of meeting standards of educational quality Provides access to students for federally funded financial aid. Recognition by other academic institutions and employers. What are the Main Attributes of Accreditation? : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. What are the Main Attributes of Accreditation? Voluntary Process Schools agree voluntarily to meet the standards and participate in the process Self-Analysis Critical Component Requires honest assessment of strengths and weaknesses Peer Review Continuous Monitoring : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. Accreditation is a threshold requirement for eligibility for Federal Student Aid programs Accreditation and Federal Student Aid Steps to Federal Student Aid Eligibility : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. Steps to Federal Student Aid Eligibility State Approval (Licensure) Accreditation Institutional Eligibility for Federal Student Aid (Separate Process) What is the process to become accredited? : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. What is the process to become accredited? Determine the accrediting agency best suited for your institution Review agency standards to determine eligibility ProcessofAccreditation : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. ProcessofAccreditation How do I know which agency is right for my institution? : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. How do I know which agency is right for my institution? Considerations Recognition Institutional/Program Eligibility Requirements Scope Geographic Subject Matter Membership Resources Staffing Website Materials Responsiveness : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. The institution should review the agency’s scope of recognition by the DOE to determine what agency best serves their academic profile. Example: An institution offering only cosmetology programs would likely find a best fit with NACCAS, COE or ACCSCT. Evaluate current programs and plans for future expansion. Accreditation Organizations“Big 7” : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. Accreditation Organizations“Big 7” ABHES – www.abhes.org ACCET – www.accet.org ACCSCT – www.accsct.org ACICS – www.acics.org COE – www.council.org DETC – www.detc.org NACCAS – www.naccas.org Slide 14: ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. While each agency has established their own set of guidelines and procedures, all follow standards consistent with quality, improvement and accountability as set forth by the United States Department of Education. While each agency’s standards may be stated differently, they all focus on the following areas: Slide 15: ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. Institutional Mission and Objectives Management and Administrative Capability, Operations Financial Structure and Soundness Admissions and Recruitment Policies and Practices Educational Programs, Equipment, Faculty (Qualifications), Professional Development, Instructional Space and Facilities Institutional Effectiveness and Planning Outcomes (Retention, Placement, Licensure Rates) Constituent Input (Students, Graduates, Employers, Advisory Boards) What is the Cost of Accreditation? : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. What is the Cost of Accreditation? Approximate Agency Costs: Accreditation Workshop $500 (does not include travel and associated costs) Pre-Application $500- $1200 Application $500- $1300 Visit fee $5000 ++ Additional Costs: Manpower Costs Outside Specialist Costs (Attorneys, CPAs, Accreditation Consultants) Audits/Reviews of Financial Statements Facility/Educational Resources/Curriculum Improvement Costs How should I plan for accreditation? : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. How should I plan for accreditation? Planning and Expectations Understand your mission and goals for growth and development. Accreditation is part of the journey not the whole journey Get Educated Plan, Plan, Plan Document, Document, Document Research Accreditation Carefully : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. Research Accreditation Carefully Start with the Standards Complete Internal Compliance Study Anticipate changes and costs (faculty, personnel, resource materials). Develop a Plan and Timeline Consider eligibility requirements such as In scope 2 years in operation as a licensed institution At least one graduate from the longest program Two years of reviewed financial statements demonstrating soundness How long does the process take? : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. How long does the process take? Anywhere from 12-18 months Factors: Knowledge of Process Quality of Submissions Flexibility Follow Up Willingness to Change Financials Where do schools run into obstacles? : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. Where do schools run into obstacles? Unclear Mission Weak or improperly prepared financial statements Poor planning Lack of follow-up Lack of involvement How Should I Plan for Accreditation? : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. How Should I Plan for Accreditation? DO Do the Process Well (Staff Training) DOCUMENT If “it” isn’t documented, “it” did not occur DEMONSTRATE Prepare to Demonstrate Performance (Student Outcomes) COECouncil on Occupational Education : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. COECouncil on Occupational Education Targeted postsecondary institutional accredited members include: Public technical education institutions Private non-profit and for-profit job preparation (vocational) schools Job Corps Centers Military technical training centers National defense schools Federal agency institutions Corporate and Industry training units Approves programs through the associate degree level. Next Accreditation Workshop: July 10-11, 2008 San Antonio, TX Slide 23: ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. A national agency for the institutional accreditation of postsecondary schools and departments of cosmetology arts and sciences. Next accreditation workshop: May 9-10, 2008 - Las Vegas, NV NACCAS National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences ACCSCT Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. ACCSCT Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology Accredits schools with programs up to masters degrees. School must be able to demonstrate that students have been training at the institution for at least two consecutive years, and that the longest program offered at the time of application has had a graduating class. Institutions may apply for accreditation if their primary objective is vocational training. Eligible institutions must be postsecondary, proprietary (or nonprofit) institutions that are licensed by the state in which they are located. Next Accreditation Workshop: July 10-11, 2008 – Arlington, VA FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: : ©2008 Educational Advisors Inc. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Educational Advisors Inc. (562) 436-3900 – joanne@edadvisors.com www.edadvisors.com ACCSCT (703) 247-4212 – www.accsct.org COE (770) 396-3898 – www.council.org NACCAS (703) 600-7600 – www.naccas.org

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