2.6.1 Reaffirmation Determination Decisions

The COA reviews the site visit report, the program’s response to the site visit report, and any other materials submitted by the program. The COA makes one of seven decisions:

  1. Reaffirm Accreditation for 8 Years. The COA finds the program in compliance with all educational policy and accreditation standards.
  2. Reaffirm for 8 Years with a Progress Report to be Reviewed by the Program’s Accreditation Specialist. The COA finds the program in compliance with all educational policy and accreditation standards but identifies one or more areas of concern that must be addressed in a progress report. The COA’s letter identifies specific areas of concern and a due date for the progress report.
  3. Reaffirm for 8 Years with a Progress Report to be Reviewed by the COA. The COA finds the program in compliance with all educational policy and accreditation standards but identifies one or more areas of concern that must be addressed in a progress report. The COA’s letter identifies specific areas of concern and a due date for the progress report.
  4. Defer a Decision on Reaffirmation to the Next Meeting and Request Clarifying Information. The COA finds that the program’s documentation is insufficient to make a decision, so the program must submit documentation or clarification necessary for the COA to make a decision at the next meeting.  In extenuating circumstances, and at the COA's discretion, the COA may grant two deferrals during one Reaffirmation review cycle.
  5. Place the Program on Conditional Accredited Status. The COA finds the program out of compliance with one or more educational policy and/or accreditation standard and places it on conditional accredited status if it believes that noncompliance issues can be resolved by the program within 1 year. The COA’s letter identifies specific areas of noncompliance. Conditional status is an adverse decision, and programs may request reconsideration. If the program accepts The COA’s decision, it submits a restoration report.
  6. Initiate Withdrawal of Accredited Status. The COA initiates withdrawal of accredited status if the program is found to be out of compliance with one or more educational policy or accreditation standards and the COA does not believe that noncompliance issues can be resolved within 1 year. The COA’s letter identifies specific areas of noncompliance and instructs the program to work with its accreditation specialist or associate to arrange for the graduation or transfer of its students and determine when the program’s accreditation will be withdrawn. The decision to initiate withdrawal of accredited status is an adverse one, and programs may request reconsideration. After its official withdrawal date, a program may apply for candidacy status.
  7. Order a Modified Site Visit. If the COA believes that a program may be out of compliance with one or more educational policy or accreditation standards, the COA can order a modified site visit to collect more information. A site visitor is sent, at the program’s expense, to review specific compliance issues. This program is reviewed at the next COA meeting after the site visit.