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Standards and Guide for Self-study
Introduction to the Standards and Their Use in Self-Study
Format of the Standards. The accreditation standards
are divided into nine areas, so numbered. Each standard is divided into
lettered sections--e.g., Standard 3.A, 3.B, 3.C. The boldfaced section
represents the general intent of the standard. This is followed by numbered
sections--e.g., Standard 3.A.1, 3.A.2, 3.A.3--which give further definition
to the standard.
Related accreditation policies follow several of the standards.
These policies are considered part of the standard and are intended to
provide further definition to the standard.
Following each standard and the related policies is a
section which identifies supporting documentation for the standard. The
purpose of the supporting documentation is to provide evidence of the manner
in which each standard and its elements are met. The evidence is to provide
greater meaning to the narrative and analysis of the self-study. The Commission
has identified three kinds of documentation for use in the self-study as
Required: documents or information to be included in the
body of the self-study, provided in the appendices, or mailed with the
self-study to the members of the evaluation committee and to the office
of the Commission on Colleges;
Required Exhibits: documents or information to be summarized
in the self-study, provided in the appendices, or made available in the
room on campus provided for the evaluation committee;
Suggested: documents or information recommended to the
institution for consideration in preparing the self-study. They should
be made available in the room on campus provided for the evaluation committee
as available and appropriate.
Self-Study, Supporting Documentation, and Accreditation
Policies. In preparing the self-study, the institution is expected
to demonstrate that it meets each standard, each element of the standard,
and any applicable policy. The self-study document should be succinct,
thoughtful, and analytical including an appraisal of the institution's
strengths, weaknesses, and achievements relative to each standard.