1. Review. Study and understand the CAEP Standards, process, and requirements. Study the five Standards and their components and refer to the glossary for definitions. Review this Manual and access the website (www.caepnet.org) for the most up-to-date guidance on the evidence for the self-study. Also, review state standards and agreements as appropriate.
  2. Inventory available evidence. Compile an inventory of the evidence that the provider currently uses on candidate and completer performance, noting what evidence it relies on and uses, what it does not, what it might begin to collect, and what it has no plans to collect in the future. Each claim should be investigated using at least two sources of evidence that provide complementary evaluations of the claim. The provider should address the following five questions for each item of evidence that it uses: (1) what is it, (2) what evidence is available regarding its quality, (3) what criteria have been established for successful performance (and why), (4) what do the reported results mean, and (5) how are results used in improvement?
  3. Define the quality assurance system and plan for an internal audit.
  4. Gather, categorize, and prepare evidence and information to be analyzed and draft tables summarizing results. Invest time in examining the evidence thoroughly and discuss its meaning as a faculty.
  5. Take stock. CAEP suggests that the provider meet with its stakeholders to review and seek feedback on what was learned from steps 1–5.
  6. Formulate summary statements. Draft a set of statements that makes clear what the provider believes it accomplishes with regard to its claims. These statements should be consistent with public statements of the provider’s quality and the performance of its candidates.
  7. Identify evidence. Each claim should be investigated using at least two sources of evidence that provide complementary evaluations of the claim.
  8. Draft and submit the Self-Study Report. Compile a complete draft of the Inquiry Brief, including evidence, discussion, and plan. Email first draft of document for a formative review to formative@caepnet.org.
  9. Collect capacity data (for example, on clinical and other faculty qualifications, facilities and resources), as required by the U.S. Department of Education, which provides context to the accreditation case, and enter or update the relevant tables in AIMS.