3.4.1. Writing the Benchmark II Document

The Benchmark II document should be divided into three volumes as described below.

Volume 1 – Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS)

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 II. This portion of Benchmark II, labeled “Benchmark II—Compliance with the Following Accreditation Standards,” consists of specific accreditation standards the program must be in compliance with during Commissioner Visit II. 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 II. This portion of Benchmark II, 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 II. The commissioner consults with the program on how to develop this section further for their Benchmark III document and Commissioner Visit III.

Format

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 II document. It explains the minimum requirements for completely and clearly meeting an accreditation standard and related educational policy and why the COA would cite either as an area of concern or noncompliance.

Volume 2 – Syllabi

Volume two contains the program’s course syllabi.

Volume 3 – Supporting Documentation

Volume three is the appendix and contains a draft of the field education manual, the final version of the student handbook, and any other supporting documentation.

Submission of the Benchmark II Document

The Benchmark II Document is submitted 1 month before the commissioner visit (see the Timetable for Candidacy for submission instructions).