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Accreditation Step by Step

 

There are two distinct phases in the CIPS accreditation process:

  • The self-assessment processes
  • The 12 month accreditation process

The Self-Assessment process

Before an institution submits a formal request for a program, the program must have in place processes for internal assessment. During this preparation phase, a program must:

  • Implement the assessment process for program educational objectives and student outcomes.
  • Demonstrate a continuous improvement loop.
  • Collect student work examples.
  • Review the most up-to-date Accreditation Criteria, Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual, and Self-Study Questionnaire.

The Accreditation Process

Programs that have met the eligibility requirements and completed their assessment planning may begin the accreditation process with the submission of a request for accreditation.