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Managing a College’s Reaffirmation of Accreditation

June 11, 2015

Managing a College’s Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Did you know that accreditation has a direct impact on your education? Aside from the promise of a quality education, an institution's accreditation status provides students with many other benefits as well.

  • Financial aid - Students are only able to obtain federal financial assistance if the institution they are attending has the appropriate accreditation status.

  • Credit transfer - Most colleges and universities will not accept transferred course credits from an institution that has not earned appropriate accreditation status.

  • Success in the workplace - Most employers prefer to hire job applicants who have an education from a college or university with the appropriate accreditation status.

So what exactly is accreditation? It’s a form of quality assurance for a college, university, or other institution of higher learning — it’s a process of validation in which higher education institutions are evaluated. A peer review board known as the Evaluation Site Team, whose members include faculty from various accredited colleges and universities, sets the standards for accreditation and by accepting accreditation status, the institution agrees to uphold the quality standards they set. They also agree to periodically submit to accreditation renewal review.

Because of the process of accreditation, new students, returning students, and families of students know they can trust that the education they are paying for is valuable and worth their time — and especially their money.

Middlefield College's Accreditation Renewal

Middlefield College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and is beginning their two-year process for accreditation renewal review. Their Self-Study Report — a document that will function as a large part of the college’s strategic plan — is due by November 2017 and a Site Evaluation Committee will be on campus in March 2018.

Albus Dumbledore, the Chancellor of the College, will conduct a kick-off with the faculty, administrators, and support staff that will be involved in various committees and subcommittees to discuss the self-evaluation process, formalize all necessary committees and lay the groundwork for moving forward. After the kick-off, each committee will meet to formulate their team’s workflow process and develop a project timeline and meeting schedule to make sure the institutional Self-Study Report will be ready for publication by the end of November 2017.

Dumbledore is certain that an online collaboration tool will be critical to the success of this important project to help manage and share the vital work to be conducted by the Self-Study Committees. After much research, he’s decided Samepage is just the app they need.

All committees will use Samepage as their hub for all work on the Self Study. The Steering Committee will make sure the Accreditation Main Samepage is maintained with the information needed across all the committees such as the overall project timetable with key deliverables and due dates, a list of resources, and Evaluation Team information, while each committee will have their own sub-pages that they can organize however they choose to meet their needs.

Samepage lets committee members post, share, and comment at their desks or on the go with their mobile devices using the Samepage app. All work is quickly and easily published and shared in one central, secure location. And Dumbledore is so pleased to know that Samepage is easy to learn and can accommodate the workflow of all the committees. No training, no new equipment to buy, no delays — work can begin right away!

Dumbledore knows they have years of work ahead, but he’s actually looking forward to successfully showing how Middlefield College continues to maintain the required accreditation standards. Samepage will help make sure that Middlefield is more than ready for the Site Evaluation in March 2018.

Need help preparing for your accreditation review? Learn how Samepage can help.