Code of Good Practice

Guiding principles for members in conducting the accreditation process.

An accrediting organization holding membership in the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors:

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Promotes quality in education through accreditation processes that:

  • Focus on student learning informed by programmatic and institutional missions and goals.
  • Evaluate¬†educational quality in an unbiased manner.
  • Encourage programs and institutions to provide pertinent, clear and accessible public information about student achievement.
  • Encourage diversity, equity and inclusion.

Conducts accreditation processes with integrity and professionalism that:

  • Maintain autonomy in governance and operations through appropriate relationships, practices and avoidance of conflict of interest.
  • Implement policies and procedures to ensure fair and consistent application of standards and decision making that includes due process, confidentiality, and expedient response to appeals and complaints.
  • Develop, review and revise standards and accreditation procedures on a regular basis with the participation of communities of interest.
  • Maintain sufficient financial, personnel, and other resources for effective operations, while ensuring efficient accreditation processes for programs and institutions.
  • Cooperate with other agencies whenever possible to avoid conflicting standards and to minimize duplication of effort by the programs and institutions.
  • Provide evaluations to assist programs and institutions in developing their own approaches and solutions, making a clear distinction between accreditation requirements and recommendations for improvement.
  • Provide accurate, clear, accessible, and timely information to communities of interest about accreditation: standards, procedures and status of programs and institutions.
  • Maintain an effective training and professional development program for all accreditation staff and volunteers.
  • Ensure that decision makers and evaluators have the appropriate expertise, experience and training for each review.
  • Include periodic evaluations of the accreditation process that incorporate input from accredited programs and institutions.
  • Encourage diversity, equity and inclusion.

Recognizes institutional independence and academic freedom through accrediting activities that:

  • Encourage institutional freedom to make academic decisions while fulfilling the commitment to the accreditation requirements.
  • Respect the rights of institutions and programs to determine and implement missions and goals.
  • Encourage innovation and thoughtful change that meet the needs of the profession, students and the communities served.
  • Encourage programs and institutions to provide clear and accessible public information about their approaches to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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