Reaffirmation of Accreditation
In AQIP, the formal procedure culminating in Reaffirmation of Accreditation occurs every seven years. In the Reaffirmation procedure, an AQIP Review Panel on Reaffirmation reviews each institution’s cumulative record of activity and judges whether it has documented that it meets The Higher Learning Commission’s five Criteria for Accreditation. The Panel also recommends whether the institution should be permitted to continue participating in AQIP.
Reaffirmation of Accreditation is the step in which peer reviewers examine all of the findings and evidence from the other AQIP procedures to provide assurance that an institution complies with all accreditation requirements. While not a de novo review of the institution, Reaffirmation of Accreditation comprises a comprehensive examination of questions and conclusions raised by all the other AQIP procedures, one that recognizes the possibility that there may still be unsettled issues of compliance with the five Criteria for Accreditation. If any such issues remain from the earlier procedures, or if any arise during the Reaffirmation procedure itself, there are defined and deliberate steps to be followed to deal with them.