Accreditation: Step-by-Step

NASPAA accreditation  guides programs through a self-study, asking programs to evaluate themselves against their mission and goals. 

Whether a program has just passed the eligibility phase, or is seeking reaccreditation, the self-study process supports programs as they conduct a holistic self-evaluation of mission-based success. What are your goals? What are your strengths? Your opportunities? Your successes? By focusing on programmatic outcomes, the self-study process hands programs the tools needed to tout program accomplishments. 

The full accreditation process begins with programs revisiting their mission and goals, engaging with stakeholders, gathering data, assessing student learning, and evaluating the program. Programs then complete the Self-Study Report, and move through a series of steps, including a site visit, until a final accreditation decision is delivered. After a program is accredited, it is required to complete an annual accreditation maintenance report each fall. For more detailed information on these steps, please see the Accreditation Cycle page.