Comprehensive Standards and Criteria

Institutions, Master’s Level Programs and Professional Doctorate [PD] Programs

The Comprehensive Standards and Criteria were adopted April 23, 2018.  This comprehensive revision does not currently include standards and criteria for postgraduate doctoral [DAOM] programs.

IMPORTANT: If you are currently in the process of preparing for or conducting an institutional or program self-study, please contact ACAOM staff for consultation regarding the prevailing standards and criteria for your self-study. 

Click here for a full reference copy of the Comprehensive Standards and Criteria [PDF, 136 pages].  This reference copy is accurate as of the effective date posted on its cover page.  Please note that the individual criteria documents below represent the official publication of the Comprehensive Standards and Criteria, and are subject to change.

INTRODUCTION
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR PRE-ACCREDITATION
STANDARD 1: PURPOSE
1.01Integrity
1.02Mission and Statement of Purpose
1.03Program Goals
1.04Program Learning Outcomes
1.05Resource Allocation
1.06Review
STANDARD 2: LEGAL AND REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS
2.01Legal Organization and Authorization
2.02Accreditation Status of Parent Institution
2.03Degree-Granting Authority
2.04Off-Campus Control
2.05Compliance with Federal Law
2.06Compliance with State Law
2.07Compliance with Local and Municipal Laws, Ordinances and Codes
Resource: Legal and Regulatory Compliance Checklist
STANDARD 3: GOVERNANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
3.01Governance Structure
3.02Roles of the Governing Body
3.03Stakeholder Input
3.04Organization of Administrative Staff
3.05Administrative and Academic Leadership
STANDARD 4: RECORDS
4.01Recordkeeping Systems
4.02Access and Storage of Records
4.03Permanent Academic Records
4.04Clinical Records
4.05Discontinuation or Closure
STANDARD 5: ADMISSIONS AND STUDENT SERVICES
5.01Recruitment and Policy Publication
5.02Admissions
5.03Transfer Credits/Transfer Students
5.04Non-Matriculated Students
5.05Student Services
5.06Student Policies
5.07Student Complaints and Grievances
5.08 Doctorate Degree Completion Students
STANDARD 6: ASSESSMENT
6.01Systematic Assessment
6.02Assessment of Student Learning
6.03Programmatic Review
6.04Assessment of Graduate Success
6.05Assessment Methods
6.06Dissemination of Assessment Information
STANDARD 7: PROGRAM OF STUDY
7.01Program Level
7.02Minimum Program Length, Credits and Hours
7.03Maximum Program Length, Credits and Hours
7.04Professional Competencies
7.05Clinical Training
7.06Syllabi
7.07Continuing Education
STANDARD 8: FACULTY
8.01Core Faculty
8.02Faculty Credentials
8.03Faculty Policies and Procedures
8.04Faculty Conditions of Service, Professional Development, and Benefits
8.05Faculty Communication
STANDARD 9: INSTITUTIONAL AND PROGRAM RESOURCES
9.01Financial Management
9.02General Sufficiency and Stability of Resources
9.03Financial Responsibility
9.04Financial Planning and Control
9.05Financial Aid Operation
9.06Cohort Default Rate
9.07Refund Policy
9.08Campus and Program Facilities
9.09Learning Resource System (Library)
9.10Technological Resources
STANDARD 10: PUBLICATIONS AND ADVERTISING
10.01Accuracy, Honesty, and Clarity of Information
10.02Catalog