Accreditation is a voluntary, peer review process which engages thousands of professional educators in school visits each year. Peer evaluators are trained to function as “critical friends” who provide commendations and recommendations to assist an institution’s growth and improvement process.
During the Accreditation Visit, a team of volunteer peer reviewers representing career and technical institutions from throughout New England visit a school or center for three and one-half days (Decennial Visit) or for two and one-half days (five year focus visit). The Visiting Team looks to validate the school or center’s Self-Study Report through direct observation of its practices and through interviews with key constituents (students, teachers, administrators, parents, community representatives, business partners). The Visiting Team Report will include detailed analysis of each academic and technical program, as well as an analysis of the school or center’s practices relative to the standards. It is vitally important to note the formative nature of the team’s visit and report.