ACCSC’s Standards of Accreditation provides an accountability framework for institutions that first and foremost seeks to ensure that institutions offer well-developed programs that prepare students for their chosen fields of work. The Standards of Accreditation outline the expectations for accredited member institutions in such areas as:
  • Management and Administrative Operations,
  • Program Requirements,
  • Educational Administration and Faculty Qualifications,
  • Student Recruiting and Advertising,
  • Admissions Policies and Practices,
  • Student Services,
  • Student Achievement, 
  • Separate Facilities, and
  • Distance Education

All provisions of the Standards of Accreditation are effective as of July 1, 2023 with the exception of those areas that may be subsequently revised or added. Revisions to the Standards of Accreditation are made by the Commission as appropriate and required, and are announced via the ACCSC Accreditation Alert.

Revisions made to the Standards of Accreditation on or after July 1, 2015 are annotated in the ACCSC Standards of Accreditation – Revision Catalog.


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