The Benchmark IV document should be dived into three volumes as described below. Like the previous benchmarks, Volume I contains a series of narratives that demonstrate the program’s compliance with EPAS. In the Benchmark IV document however, the program assembles the narratives from the compliance sections of Benchmarks I, II, III, and IV to create the appearance of a self-study.
1. Section One
2. Section Two
Format for Volume 1
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 IV 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 contains the field education manual, the student handbook, and any other supporting documentation.
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