4.3.1. Writing the Benchmark III Document

The Benchmark III 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 III document however, the program assembles the narratives from the compliance sections of Benchmarks I, II, and III to create a self-study.

Volume 1 – Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS)

Volume 1 contains a series of narratives that demonstrates the program’s compliance with the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. Each accreditation standard (AS) 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 (previously discussed in section 1) while writing the self-study. 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. All syllabi should be formatted consistently and assembled into one continuous document.

Volume 3 – Supporting Documentation

Volume three is the appendix and contains the field education manual, the student handbook, and any other supporting documentation not already included in Volume 1.