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Accreditation Engaging in Continuous Improvement
Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American schools and universities. The goal of accreditation is to evaluate, verify and improve the institution’s quality. Accreditation is the recognition that the institution meets high quality standards, engages in continuous improvement and produces quality results. What Is Accreditation? © AdvancED 20132
Is an international protocol for institutions committed to systemic, systematic and sustainable continuous improvement Builds the capacity of the institution to increase and sustain student learning Stimulates and supports continuous improvement and effectiveness Accreditation… © AdvancED 20133
Ensures all people, processes, departments and operations of the institution work in concert Strengthens efforts to meet accountability requirements Encourages growth to achieve excellence, not compliance Promotes continuous not episodic improvement Accreditation… © AdvancED 20134
Institutions must select and implement a process that: – comprehensively addresses continuous improvement – helps the institution meet AdvancED Standards – focuses on improvement of student learning and organizational effectiveness – satisfies local, state, federal improvement process requirements – is implemented in a systematic, systemic and sustainable manner Continuous Improvement Process © AdvancED 20135
Statements (5) Indicators (33) – Focus of internal review – Rated individually – Contain multiple concepts Quality Evidence – Multiple sources Performance Rubrics – Four levels Standards for Quality Schools © AdvancED 20136
AdvancED Standards – Are based on research – Are inter-related, interdependent and systemically connected – Focus on factors that contribute to student learning and organizational effectiveness – Address variables institutions can impact © AdvancED 20137
Applicant Candidate – Internal Review – External Review Accredited Continuous Improvement – Ongoing Internal Review Accreditation Process © AdvancED 20138
Applicant Submit application Complete the Self- Assessment of Readiness Host a Readiness Visit Begin Internal Review processes Steps to Accreditation © AdvancED 20139
Steps to Accreditation Candidate Submit preferred dates for the External Review Complete all components of the Internal Review – Complete the Accreditation Report Host the External Review © AdvancED 201310
The institution completes: – The Self Assessment of Standards – The Executive Summary – The Student Performance Diagnostic – The Stakeholder Feedback Diagnostic – The continuous improvement plan – Assurances Internal Review © AdvancED 201311
The institution submits the Accreditation Report six weeks prior to the External Review Institution hosts an External Review – Plans for and hosts a two-day on-site review External Review Team provides report that contains – Findings Opportunities for Improvement Powerful Practices Improvement Priorities External Review Process 12 © AdvancED 2013
The External Review Team collects information: – Conducts interviews – Reviews documents/artifacts provided by the institution – Makes professional observations The External Review Team: – Engages in professional deliberations – Reaches consensus on Standards, Powerful Practices, Improvement Priorities and an accreditation recommendation – Creates and presents an oral exit report – Formulates and submits a written report External Review Team © AdvancED 201313
Steps to Accreditation Accredited Act on the findings from the External Review Report Continue to implement the accreditation process – Adhere to AdvancED Quality Standards – Engage in continuous improvement – Monitor for quality assurance Complete and submit the Accreditation Progress Report © AdvancED 201314
Within two years, complete the Accreditation Progress Report (APR) – Schools are required to act and report on all Improvement Priorities! Engage in on-going Internal Review process Accreditation Progress Report © AdvancED 201315
Effective Leadership – Establishes institution-wide direction – Develops processes to monitor and maintain efforts – Provides support, guidance, assistance, resources – Ensures accountability Systems Approach – A systemic and systematic process is implemented – All system elements are focused, connected, aligned – All system elements work together to benefit students Essential To Success © AdvancED 201316
Culture – Professional culture of learning, collaboration and reflective practice – Stakeholders demonstrate trust and respect – High expectations for staff and students Effective Communication – Stakeholders are informed and meaningfully engaged – Systematic processes are developed and used systemically Essential To Success © AdvancED 201317
External Mark of Quality High Standards Proven Improvement Processes Vehicle to Meet Governmental Requirements Professional Services Technical Assistance Peer Review and Support Research-Based Products and Services Credit Reciprocity Access to Scholarships and Higher Education Opportunities Benefits of Accreditation © AdvancED 201318
www.advanc-ed.org Ray Poplus – firstname.lastname@example.org Rae DeLaughter – email@example.com@firstname.lastname@example.org © AdvancED 201319
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