The Benchmark III document should be divided into three volumes as described below.
Section 1-Compliance Accreditation Standards
The first section of volume 1 contains a series of narratives that demonstrate the program’s compliance with the first portion of Benchmark III. This portion of Benchmark III, labeled “Benchmark III—Compliance with the Following Accreditation Standards,” consists of specific accreditation standards the program must be in compliance with during Commissioner Visit III. The commissioner uses this section to make a recommendation to the full COA.
Section 2-Draft Accreditation Standards
The second section of volume 1 contains a series of draft narratives that address the second portion of Benchmark III. This portion of Benchmark III, which is shaded and labeled “Benchmark II--Draft of the Following Accreditation Standards,” consists of specific standards that must be addressed in draft form during Commissioner Visit III. The commissioner consults with the program on how to develop this section further for their Benchmark IV document and Commissioner Visit IV.
Each accreditation standard should be addressed in a separate narrative headed by the number and full text of each standard for easy identification by the COA reader. Programs should refer to the compliance column of the Compliance, Concern, and Noncompliance Statements while writing Volume I of the Benchmark III document. It explains the minimum requirements for completely and clearly meeting an accreditation standard and related educational policy and why COA would cite either as an area of concern or noncompliance.
Volume two contains the program’s course syllabi.
Volume three is the appendix and field education manual, student handbook, and any other supporting documentation.
The Benchmark III document is submitted 1 month before the commissioner visit (see the Timetable for Candidacy—2008 EPAS for submission instructions).
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