Criteria for Accreditation

The Criteria for Accreditation are the standards of quality by which the Commission determines whether an institution merits accreditation or reaffirmation of accreditation. They are as follows:

Criterion 1. Mission

“The institution’s mission is broadly understood within the institution and guides its operations.”

Criterion 2. Integrity

“The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.”

Criterion 3.  Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support

“The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.”

Criterion 4. Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement

“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.”

Criterion 5. Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness

“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.”