Institutional Context

Standard 1: Mission and Goals

The institution's mission clearly defines its purpose within the context of higher education and indicates who the institution serves and what it intends to accomplish. The institution's stated goals, consistent with the aspirations and expectations of higher education, clearly specify how the institution will fulfill its mission. The mission and goals are developed and recognized by the institution with the participation of its members and its governing body and are used to develop and shape its programs and practices and to evaluate its effectiveness.

Fundamental Elements of Mission and Goals

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

Standard 2: Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal

An institution conducts ongoing planning and resource allocation based on its mission and goals, develops objectives to achieve them, and utilizes the results of its assessment activities for institutional renewal. Implementation and subsequent evaluation of the success of the strategic plan and resource allocation support the development and change necessary to improve and to maintain institutional quality.

Fundamental Elements of Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

Standard 3: Institutional Resources

The human, financial, technical, physical facilities, and other resources necessary to achieve an institution's mission and goals are available and accessible. In the context of the institution's mission, the effective and efficient uses of the institution's resources are analyzed as part of ongoing outcomes assessment.

Fundamental Elements of Institutional Resources

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

Standard 4: Leadership and Governance

The institution's system of governance clearly defines the roles of institutional constituencies in policy development and decision-making. The governance structure includes an active governing body with sufficient autonomy to assure institutional integrity and to fulfill its responsibilities of policy and resource development, consistent with the mission of the institution.

Fundamental Elements of Leadership and Governance

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

Standard 5: Administration

The institution's administrative structure and services facilitate learning and research/scholarship, foster quality improvement, and support the institution's organization and governance.

Fundamental Elements of Administration

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

Standard 6: Integrity

In the conduct of its programs and activities involving the public and the constituencies it serves, the institution demonstrates adherence to ethical standards and its own stated policies, providing support for academic and intellectual freedom.

Fundamental Elements of Integrity

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

Standard 7: Institutional Assessment

The institution has developed and implemented an assessment process that evaluates its overall effectiveness in achieving its mission and goals and its compliance with accreditation standards.

Fundamental Elements of Institutional Assessment

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

Educational Effectiveness

Standard 8: Student Admissions and Retention

The institution seeks to admit students whose interests, goals, and abilities are congruent with its mission and seeks to retain them through the pursuit of the students' educational goals.

Fundamental Elements of Student Admissions

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

Standard 9: Student Support Services

The institution provides student support services reasonably necessary to enable each student to achieve the institution's goals for students.

Fundamental Elements of Student Support Services

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

Standard 10: Faculty

The institution's instructional, research, and service programs are devised, developed, monitored, and supported by qualified professionals.

Fundamental Elements of Faculty

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

Standard 11: Educational Offerings

The institution's educational offerings display academic content, rigor, and coherence appropriate to its higher education mission. The institution identifies student learning goals and objectives, including knowledge and skills, for its educational offerings.

Fundamental Elements of Educational Offerings

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities. These elements also apply to all other educational activities addressed within Standard 13.

Additional Elements for Graduate and Professional Education

Standard 12: General Education

The institution's curricula are designed so that students acquire and demonstrate college-level proficiency in general education and essential skills, including at least oral and written communication, scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical analysis and reasoning, and technological competency.

Fundamental Elements of General Education

An accredited institution offering undergraduate degrees and some graduate institutions are expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

Standard 13: Related Educational Activities

The institution's programs or activities that are characterized by particular content, focus, location, mode of delivery, or sponsorship meet appropriate standards.

Fundamental Elements of Basic Skills

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

Fundamental Elements of Certificate Programs

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

Fundamental Elements of Experiential Learning

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

Fundamental Elements of Non-Credit Offerings

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

Fundamental Elements of Branches, Additional Locations, and Other Instructional Sites

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

Fundamental Elements of Distance or Distributed Learning

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

Fundamental Elements of Contractual Relationships and Affiliated Providers

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

Standard 14: Assessment of Student Learning

Assessment of student learning demonstrates that, at graduation, or other appropriate points, the institution's students have knowledge, skills, and competencies consistent with institutional and appropriate higher education goals.

Fundamental Elements of Assessment of Student Learning

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities.