Now that we have returned for the Winter quarter, I wanted to share with you our CACREP progress. We are officially moving forward with our application with support from the department and the College of Education. This is our best case scenario and very good progress.
In the Fall we received approval to hire a consultant as part of the pre-application process. This involved collecting much information about our program faculty, courses, enrollments, graduates and more, to determine if we were in a position to be eligible to apply for CACREP accreditation. The consultant reviewed all of the materials and provided the necessary feedback at the end of the quarter. Based on this feedback, we have made the decision to pursue accreditation and have again hired the consultant to support us in the process.
In our first meeting of the Winter quarter, the CSL faculty reviewed a timeline for the accreditation application that will take us through the remainder of the academic year. The goal by the end of the 15-16 year is to submit to the consultant a draft of our application, and at that point, we will again, await her feedback in order to determine next steps. We anticipate working monthly on various tasks of the application, breaking things down into manageable steps. This is a new venture for us so we are unsure what challenges may lie ahead but we are thankful to have a consultant assisting us along the way.
There is no guarantee of accreditation and nothing I can share at this point about expected dates of accreditation approval. The process is complex and involves multiple steps and phases. You may ask faculty any questions you have and/or you may consult this student FAQ page on the CACREP website. I'll post another update by the end of the quarter.