Specialized/Professional Accrediting Associations

Specialized/Professional Accrediting Associations

See CHEA‘s and ASPA‘s lists of specialized and professional accrediting associations. Some associations’ Web pages have details on criteria for assessment.

  • ABET
    • ABET is the accrediting board for engineering, computer science, technology, and applied science programs.
    • Information about ABET, accreditation, etc.
    • Select Accreditation, then Accreditation criteria & supporting documents. For each type of program (Applied Science, Computing, Engineering, or Engineering Technology), see the Criteria for Accrediting [these] Programs (read online or download as pdf files).
    • Select Accreditation: Step by step, then Before the accreditation process: Assessment planning for guidelines, tips, suggestions, & resources.
    • In Publications, select Special Reports, then Engineering Change, ABET’s study of how EC2000 standards and assessment requirements affect Engineering programs and students (the executive summary is available as a pdf file).
  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
    • In Publications:
      • In the Accreditation Manual (17th edition, pdf file), see Section I (Program effectiveness) in Chapter V (Evaluation standards applicable to all educational programs).
      • The reporting examples in the Program Effectiveness Plan Outline suggest assessment methods and processes (pdf file).
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
    • Under Requirements, select Accreditation requirements for CME providers, then Accreditation criteria. Criterion 11 addresses outcomes assessment. The examples of compliance and noncompliance for this criterion has additional guidance.
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
    • Under Program and Institutional Guidelines/Institutional Accreditation, select Institutional review, then Common program requirements (pdf file). Section IV.A.5 describes the ACGME competencies and Section V.A.1 describes formative evaluation of residents. The Program director guide to the common program requirements has additional guidance (pdf files; this was not available when last checked).
    • Common program requirements approved but not in effect describes upcoming changes in ACGME processes (pdf files).
    • Information on the development of a single accreditation system for medical & osteopathic graduate programs (pdf files).
  • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
    • In the 2011 Standards and Interpretive Guide (pdf file), see Sections A.4.2 (re reporting outcomes) and B. (program content requirements). The standards indicate that the content requirements are expected learning outcomes, and require outcomes assessment.
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
    • Select Standards. See Standards No. 3 & 15 in the most recent Standards and Guidelines (a pdf file).
    • Proposed new standards: In the draft Standards 2016, see Sections I (educational outcomes) and III (assessment of standards and key elements).
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
    • Select Standards of Accreditation.
      • In the Standards (pdf file), see Section C: Evaluation. The Accreditation manuals have additional guidance (pdf files).
  • American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE)
    • Higher Education has standards and criteria (pdf files) for:
      • U.S. colleges, universities, and liberal arts institutions: Select the domestic accreditation process, then domestic standards, then standards and criteria for institutional accreditation (pdf file). See Standard A. Liberal Learning Assessment and Appendices I & II.
        • The standards for accreditation of individual programs were not available when last checked.
      • Colleges & programs outside of the U.S.: Select the international accreditation process, then international standards, then standards and criteria for program accreditation. (This pdf file was not available when last checked. When it was last available, the relevant sections were: Education Standards: Liberal Learning Assessment and Appendices I & II.)
  • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
    • In the Accreditation documents, see Standard 2.2: Assessment Procedures in the Accreditation Standards for Undergraduate Programs (pdf file).
  • American Psychological Association: Education Directorate (APA)
    • Select Accreditation. Under Criteria and procedures, select the Guidelines & Principles (pdf file). In the Accreditation Domains and Standards for doctoral programs, see Domain F: Program Self-Assessment and Quality Enhancement.
    • Select Precollege and Undergraduate, then Undergraduate psychology. The Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major has learning goals & outcomes. The Assessment Cyber Guide for Learning Goals and Outcomes has assessment tips & strategies. (The Guidelines and the Cyber Guide are pdf files.)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
    • Select Accreditation, then see the list of Accreditation Standards. (View standards online or download as pdf files.)
      • In the 2013 standards for Business programs, see Learning and Teaching Standards, Standard 8 (Curricula Management and Assurance of Learning).
      • In the 2013 standards for Accounting programs, see Learning and Teaching Standards, Standard A5 (Accounting Curricula Management and Assurance of Learning).
      • In the 2003 standards for Business and for Accounting programs, see the Assurance of Learning Standards.
    • See Events / Upcoming conferences for information about AACSB’s assessment conference.
    • The American Accounting Association (AAA) assessment website also has guidelines and resources for developing assessment programs.
  • Accreditation Council for Collegiate Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP)
    • Select Accreditation.
      • In the Accounting Accreditation Files, select Accounting Accreditation Standards & Criteria (pdf file). See Standard 4 (Measurement and analysis of student learning and performance).
      • In the Associate Degree Files, select  Standards and Criteria for Associate Degree (pdf file). See Standard 4 (Measurement, analysis and knowledge management) and Table 2 (Student Learning Results).
    • Accreditation / Outcomes Assessment has links to other assessment resources.
  • Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)
    • Select Forms (pdf files).
      • In the Accreditation Criteria Manual, see Criteria 2.10 (for associate degree programs), 3.3 (for baccalaureate programs), and 4.10 (for graduate programs).
      • In the Evidence Guide, sections 4.0 through 7.0 have information relevant to outcomes assessment.
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
    • Select For Program Directors, then Standards and Guidelines. The page has links to standards and guidelines for programs in the various professions (pdf files). Most include a section on Student and Graduate Evaluation/Assessment.
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
    • Select Professional, then Professional Documents.
      • In the Standards for Accreditation of Professional Programs (pdf file), see Standards 4-13 (Outcomes).
      • Also see the list of Competencies (pdf file).
    • In the Post-Professional (graduate program) standards (pdf file), see the list of competencies and Standards 8-19 (Outcomes).
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
    • Select Accreditation Handbook, then the Evaluative Criteria (pdf files).
      • In the criteria for PTs, see Section 1’s subsections on Program Mission, Goals, and Expected Outcomes (P-1 through P-3) and Program Assessment and Planning (P-4) and Section 2: Curriculum plan, evaluation, content, and outcomes (CP-2.2, 2.6, 2.7, CC-5, and CO-1 through CO-4).
      • In the criteria for PTAs, see Section 4: Program Assessment.
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    • Select Standards, Procedures, & Resources, then either Baccalaureate & Graduate Nursing Programs or Nurse Residency Programs. In the Accreditation Standards for the selected programs (pdf files), see Standards III (Program Quality: Curriculum and Teaching-Learning Practices), and IV (Program Effectiveness: Assessment and Achievement of Program Outcomes).
  • Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB)
    • Accreditation activities previously conducted by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission (CSAC) are now conducted by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET. In ABET’s accreditation criteria, select the criteria from the Computing Accreditation Commission.
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
    • NCATE and TEAC have merged to become CAEP.
    • In the Accreditation Standards (pdf file), see especially the Rationale for Standard 1 (Content and pedagogical knowledge) and Appendix D (Typical and suggested measures).
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
    • In the Standards for Accreditation, see Standard 5.0 (Assessment).
    • In Accreditation Resources, select Read More, then see the annotated links in Assessment Resources (under Program Development).
  • Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE)
    • Select Publications. Search the Standards and the Accreditation Manual (pdf files) for “self-assessment,” “student assessment,” and “outcomes.”
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
    • Select For Programs, then Resources for Programs.
      • In the 2009 Standards, see Section I: Evaluation (AA) and the lists of knowledge & skills (outcomes) to be demonstrated by students in each program.
      • The Guiding Statement for Student Learning Outcomes has interpretations, tips & suggestions (pdf file).
  • Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
    • Under Quick Links, select the Criteria for schools and for individual programs (pdf files). In the each set of criteria, see Criterion 2.7 (Assessment Procedures).
    • Under Accreditation, select Baccalaureate Level. In the Accreditation Criteria (pdf file, 2013), see Criterion 5 (Program Effectiveness) including the required documentation.
  • Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)
    • Select Resources. In the CORE Undergraduate Standards (pdf file), see Section II.C for a list of knowledge areas and outcomes for each knowledge domain. In the CORE Graduate Standards (pdf file), see Section I.C.
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
    • Select Accreditation. In the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (pdf file), see Educational Policy 4.0-Assessment.
  • Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
    • Select Becoming Accredited, then the Accreditation Handbook. In Appendix A.1 Accreditation Standards (pdf file), see Standard V.A. (Achievement of Student Learning Outcomes and Benefits)  & V.B. (Student Satisfaction). Appendix B.1 Guide to Self-Evaluation Report has details.
  • Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT)
    • In the Standards, see Standards D2: Public Information on Program Outcomes and E: Assessment (pdf file).
      • On the Program Resources dropdown menu, Compliance Assistance includes an FAQ for Standard D2 (pdf file).
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
    • Select Standards and Publications, then Functions and Structure of a Medical School (pdf files). In the 2014-2015 edition, see Standards ED-1, ED-26 through ED-28, ED-30 & 31, and ED-46 & 47 under Educational Program for the M.D. Degree. In the 2015-2016 edition, see especially Standards 6.1, 8.2, & 9.4-9.8.
  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
    • Look under Accreditation in the left-hand menu. Select a program type (CG, etc.). For programs submitting self-studies before August 2014, see the Standard on Outcomes Measures in the 2009 Guide to Accreditation (pdf file; the Standard number depends on the program type but is near the end of the list, usually one of Standards 14-16). For programs submitting self-studies after that, see Standard II: Assessment and Continuous Quality Improvement in the 2012 Standards.
    • Guide to Accreditation and Approval (pdf file).
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
    • Select Accreditation, then either the 2009 Conditions or the 2014 Conditions (the 2014 Conditions were in draft form when last checked). In the Conditions for Accreditation (pdf files), see Part Two, Section 1 (Student Performance — Educational Realms & Student Performance Criteria).
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
    • Select Publications and then Assessment and Policy Studies for the pdf files Assessment on Our Own Terms and Assessment of Undergraduate/Graduate programs in Art & Design.
  • National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD)
    • Select Publications and then Assessment and Policy Studies for the pdf files Assessment on Our Own Terms and Assessment of Undergraduate Programs in Dance.
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
      • Under Accreditation, select Accreditation Documents and Guidance.
        • Select Standards and Policies, then NASPAA Standards. See Standard 5: Matching Operations With the Mission: Student Learning.
        • The Assessment Toolkit has links to assessment-related presentations and other resources (mostly pdf files).
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)
    • Go to Publications and then Assessment and Policy Studies for the pdf files Assessment on Our Own Terms and Assessment of Undergraduate/Graduate programs in Theatre.
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
    • NCATE and TEAC have merged to become the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC)
    • Select the Accreditation Manual. In the 2008 & the 2013 Standards and Criteria, see Standard 6: Outcomes for each program type (pdf files).
  • National Recreation and Park Association: Council on Accreditation (NRPA)
    • In the COAPRT menu, select Standards. In the COAPRT Standards 2013 (pdf file), core learning outcomes are in Section 7.0 (Learning Outcomes). The FAQ has more information about outcomes & assessment.
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF)
    • In the 2012 and 2014 editions of the Accreditation Handbook (pdf files), see Program
      Planning & Outcomes Assessment
      in Standard III.
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)
    • NCATE and TEAC have merged to become the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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