ACCREDITATION STEP BY STEP Before the 18 Month Accreditation Process
Are you ready for Accreditation?
- Read through our key documents and consider our Eligibility Requirements.
- Focus on Assessment Planning.
- Begin working on your preliminary Self-Study Report to submit for your Readiness Review (if required).
The 18 Month Accreditation Process
1. Complete the Readiness Review by October 1
YEAR BEFORE YOUR ON-SITE VISIT
Collect samples of student work, syllabi, textbooks and sample assignments. Complete your Readiness Review (if required) by October 1.
1. Submit your Request for Evaluation by January 31
YEAR OF YOUR ON-SITE VISIT
• Submit your Request for Evaluation (RFE) by January 31 of the year of your programme’s On-Site Visit.
• We will invoice your institution for the On-Site Visit, set a visit date and form a review team between April and May.
2. Complete and submit your Self-Study Report by July 1
YEAR OF YOUR ON-SITE VISIT
• Complete and submit your Self-Study Report to us no later than July 1.
• The review team assigned to your programme begins reviewing your Self-Study Report.
• Attend the Institutional Representatives Day at the July Commission Meeting. Your programme’s institutional representative is invited to meet your review team chair at this annual event.
3. The On-Site Visit takes place September – December
• Prepare for your On-Site Visit. Finalize the visit schedule, arrange student and faculty interviews, and, finally, set up rooms with display materials for the review team. You should begin planning and preparation months in advance.
• Your On-Site Visit typically lasts three days (usually Sunday through Tuesday). It includes a review of your materials; interviews with students, faculty, staff, and administrators; and concludes with an exit meeting, when the team will convey its findings.
4. Due Process and the Accreditation Decision
1 WEEK AFTER THE VISIT
Provide the review team with corrections to any errors of fact in presentations at the exit meeting.
2-3 MONTHS AFTER THE VISIT
Your institution receives the Draft Statement, a formal communication of your review team’s findings.
3-4 MONTHS AFTER THE VISIT
During the 30-Day Due Process period your institution responds to any shortcomings identified in the Draft Statement.
The ACEEE commissions meet to decide Accreditation Actions in July. At this meeting your programme’s accreditation is discussed and determined.
BY AUGUST 31
Your programme is formally notified of the accreditation action via the Final Statement to the institution.
The Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Education (ACEEE) is the only African quality assurance body with a focus entrepreneurship and enterprise education in formal and non-formal education. As such, ACEEE strives to lead the way in a new era for higher education through evaluating, supporting and igniting the potential of tertiary institutions on their road to third mission excellence.