The Process & Timeline

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The Process

Champlain College is undergoing its ten-year comprehensive evaluation for accreditation. There are three parts to the evaluation:


  1. A self-study, which will be completed in April 2015
  2. An on-site evaluation by a trained group of peers, conducted in October 2015
  3. A review and decision by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE), which is part of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

The self-study is both a product and a process. The product is a 100-page narrative that "presents a clear, concise, accurate picture of the institution as a dynamic entity with a sense of history, an understanding of its present, and a vision for its future1." The process of undertaking the self-study "demonstrates the institution's capacity for reflecting candidly on its strengths and weaknesses and using that analysis for improvement1."

The self-study process must focus on the institution as a whole, evolve from a carefully thought-out plan of action, and be integrated with ongoing self-evaluation efforts. The study should pay particular attention to student achievement and success, as the central purpose of the institution is student learning. Another key consideration is overall institutional effectiveness, an analysis of how well the institution functions.

Each standard will have its own chapter in the self-study product. Each chapter will be composed based on a three-part framework: description, appraisal and analysis, with underlying themes of institutional effectiveness and student success.

The Timeline

  • Spring 2013: Standards Teams & Steering Committee identified (Team Co-Chairs first and then Team members)
  • Summer 2013: Steering Committee works on communication plan
  • Fall 2013: Formal Kick-off of process. NEASC representative invited for this kick-off and may include initial training
  • Spring 2014: Standards Teams work on evidence review and collection (by Mar 1) and description (by June 1)
  • Summer 2014: Steering Committee identifies report writer(s)
  • Fall 2014: Standards Teams work on analysis (by October 17) and projection (by December 19). Writers begin drafting the report.
  • Spring 2015: Writers continue compiling and writing the document with internal reviews and a complete draft sent to NEASC for review in April
  • Fall 2015: Submit final report; Site visit by peer review team (Nov. 1-4)

1 - Commission on Institutions of Higher Education & New England Accreditation of Schools and Colleges. (2013). Self study guide. Burlington, MA: CIHE.

Visit the NEASC CIHE website to learn more about the Accreditation Standards.