3.2. Benchmark Model

The Candidacy Process: 3-Year Benchmark Grid chart illustrates which features of the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) the program is working on during each commissioner visit.

The Approved to Proceed to the next benchmark column lists which accreditation standards the program must be approved during each commissioner visit to move to the next benchmark and commissioner visit.

The Draft column, shaded gray, lists which accreditation standards must be addressed in draft form during the commissioner visit. The commission visitor gives the program feedback on how to improve the draft portion, which later becomes the portion reviewed for approval in the next benchmark. For example, the draft standards in Benchmark I are the same standards that must be approved in Benchmark II.

The Compliance column at Benchmark III indicates that every accreditation standard will be evaluated to determine compliance with the EPAS upon review for initial accreditation.

The rows of the chart are divided by the EPAS feature—(1) program mission and goals, (2) explicit curriculum, (3) implicit curriculum, and (4) assessment—and then subdivided by the accreditation standards within the feature. For example, implicit curriculum is subdivided by AS 3.0 Diversity, AS 3.1 Student Development, AS 3.2 Faculty, AS 3.3 Administrative Structure, and AS 3.4 Resources.