Accreditation signifies that an institution is meeting the Committee’s Standards of Membership and is adhering to all policies and procedures required for membership. To achieve and maintain accreditation, the institution must be engaged in a process of continuous improvement relative to the Committee’s standards, which includes a comprehensive self-study, peer review, and engagement in follow-up activities in response to Committee actions.
Institutional accreditation through the Committee on Technical and Career Institutions is a means used to fulfill the following stated purposes:
- Foster excellence in secondary and postsecondary education through the development of criteria and guidelines for assessing educational effectiveness;
- Encourage institutional improvement through educational endeavors, continual self-study and evaluation;
- Assure the educational community, the general public, and other agencies or organizations that an institution has clearly defined and appropriate educational objectives; has established conditions under which their achievement can be reasonably expected and assessed; is, in fact, accomplishing them; is achieving effective teaching and learning; and is so organized, staffed, and supported that it can be expected to continue to do so;
- Provide counsel and assistance to established and developing institutions;
- Protect institutions against encroachments, which might jeopardize their educational effectiveness or academic freedom.
To accomplish these purposes, CTCI has undertaken to do the following:
- Develop general policies and procedures governing its work;
- Set criteria and standards for accreditation;
- Provide adequate guidance to schools preparing self-study reports for accreditation, reaffirmation of accreditation, or for the status of candidate for accreditation;
- Appoint site visiting committees and schedule visits;
- Consider the evaluation reports and recommendations of visiting committees;
- Assist in the implementation of the Association's appeal procedure when an institution believes it has cause to challenge an adverse decision on pre-accredited or accredited status;
- Maintain contact with schools relative to their accreditation status and take note of substantive institutional or program changes that could affect accreditation;
- Conduct special inquiries into unusual or critical issues that may develop within an accredited institution;
- Represent NEASC accredited institutions in national or regional associations concerned with accreditation matters;
- Stimulate and promote continued improvement of educational programs.