Prior to an application being submitted there are two opportunities available to a University/Institution.
A half hour telephone call, normally with the Chair of Accreditation to talk through the application process, offering advice and guidance.
A visit would be held at the University/Institution, normally by the Chair of Accreditation.
The pre-application visit will explain the process, the documentation requirements and carry our an initial assessment re: readiness for the accreditation application. This is followed by a confidential written report. The visit will last about half a day.
The report specifically identifies strengths and weaknesses but critically any gaps which could impact on accreditation. These gaps are normally relatively easily resolved. The report will also identify deal breakers - these are serious omissions from the course or serious issues within the course delivery which means that accreditation is unlikely to be given unless the deal breakers are rectified.
It is important to recognise that the outcome of this visit, with rectified gaps and deal breakers doesn't guarantee accreditation. This is the responsibility of a separate independent panel who review and make recommendations. The pre-visit report will identify gaps and deal breakers, which if the institution rectifies, will be helpful in the preparation for the accreditation and panel visit.
To accredit or not lies initially with the independent panel and finally with the CSFS Accreditation Sub-Committee (ASC).
If you would like to arrange a pre-application conversation or pre-application visit then please contact Katharine Mitchell, Administrator Quality Standards.
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