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Handbooks and Manuals

In addition to the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, the Commission on Colleges publishes two handbooks and manuals designed to assist institutions and evaluators.

Handbook for Institutions Seeking Reaffirmation .
This Handbook is for use by institutions engaged in the process of review for the purpose of reaffirmation (continued accreditation) (August 2011 Edition)

Handbook for Review Committees.
This Handbook is for use by Off-Site and On-Site Review Committee members and chairs engaged in the process of evaluation for the purpose of reaffirmation of accreditation.(Second Edition, 2005)

Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement (Updated February 2013)
This Manual is a companion piece to the 2012 Principles of Accreditation, providing guidance to applicant, candidate, and member institutions as well as to evaluation committees of the Commission.


Guides

The Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (CRAC), an organization of the six regional commissions in the United States that accredit degree-granting institutions, received a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts enabling CRAC to develop four documents to assist institutions in the area of student learning.  The documents provide a framework within which institutions, regardless of regional affiliations, might give a central focus to student learning as a demonstration of institutional quality.

Regional Accreditation and Student Learning: A Guide for Institutions and Evaluators

Regional Accreditation and Student Learning: Improving Institutional Practice

Regional Accreditation and Student Learning: Preparing Teams for Effective Deliberation

Regional Accreditation and Student Learning-Principles for Good Practice (Adopted 2003)


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