In June, the Board of Directors adopted amendments to Accreditation Policy which will impact several aspects of the Accreditation Council’s operations and EPP accreditation review process. Highlights of these amendments are included below:
- Section V. Accreditation Process was amended to specify that no additional EPP evidence can be submitted for review after 5PM local time on the last full day of the site visit.
- Policy 5.02 Program Review and Evidence Review of Standard 1 was amended to change all “Program Review with Feedback” references to “Evidence Review of Standard 1”. Policy 5.08 Site Visit Report, Optional EPP Rejoinder, and Response was expanded to require site team submissions (to CAE) are via CAEP’s accreditation system.
Scope of Accreditation
Section III. Scope of Accreditation was amended to make more clear CAEP’s expectation that EPPs include all covered licensure areas in a submission for CAEP review and accreditation. The description of covered licensure areas was modified to defer to state/country/other governing authority definitions of licensure areas for which the program approval standards have been established. To achieve greater alignment with the standards of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), this section was expanded to include a requirement that EPPs must distinguish accurately between programs that are accredited and those that are not.
- In addition, Policy 3.02 Advanced-Level Preparation was amended to remove paragraph (b) Add-On Programs so that a state’s definition of covered licensure areas, as described in Section III intro text, is used to determine whether any such programs are subject to CAEP review.
Amendments were made to specify that an EPPs Annual Report submission is to contain all required information.
CAEP Management of Legacy Accreditation
Several amendments were made to clarify and expand on existing provisions regarding continued accreditation requirements and the transition by EPPs from legacy (NCATE or TEAC accreditation) to CAEP accreditation.
- A new Policy 1.03 CAEP Management of Legacy Accreditation was adopted to provide more specificity regarding the Council’s authority and responsibilities for the enforcement of continuing accreditation requirements.
- Policy 1.02 CAEP Standards was amended to provide greater specificity regarding differences between the initial licensure and advanced-level standards and to information regarding conclusions being made on the preponderance of evidence.
- Policy 2.01 Operating Authority was amended to make more explicit that the Council’s charge and responsibilities extend to enforcement of legacy accreditation and support for EPPs transitioning from legacy accreditation to CAEP accreditation.
- Policy 5.15 Adverse Action was amended to specify that the Council make take Adverse Action against an EPP that no longer meets NCATE Standards or TEAC quality principles and to on Annual Report collection requirement to include monitoring of continued compliance with NCATE Standards or TEAC Quality Principles as applicable.
Accreditation Council Executive Committee
Policy 2.08 Committees was amended to expand the responsibilities of the Executive Committee (including regarding determining the number of Councilors needed per Policy 2.04) and to provide for the election and terms of three (3) Executive Committee members.
Amendments to CAEP Bylaws and Governance Policy
Elimination of Duplicative Information on Board Representation: Bylaws Section 6.03 was amended to remove details on the number of Directors to be elected to each sector and sub-sector because that information is provided in Governance Policy.
- Scope of Accreditation: Governance Policy Section 2.03 was amended to align the Scope of Accreditation provisions with those included in Accreditation Policy.
- CAEP Management of Legacy Accreditation: Section 2.10 was amended to provide that notice of CAEP accreditation decisions (other than revocation or denial) shall inform the EPP that any unexpired NCATE or TEAC accreditation term will be automatically rescinded so that the EPP is only CAEP accredited.
You can find the updated Accreditation Policy and Bylaws on the Accreditation Resources page. Additionally, the Governance Policy document can be found on the Governance page. All changes took effect July 1, 2019.