Handbooks, Manuals and Guides
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.
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.
Accreditation and Student Learning: A Guide for Institutions and Evaluators
Accreditation and Student Learning: Improving Institutional Practice
Accreditation and Student Learning: Preparing Teams for Effective Deliberation
Regional Accreditation and Student Learning-Principles for Good Practice (Adopted 2003)
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