Regarding Candidacy, possible Board of Commissioners’ actions include Candidacy Granted, Action on Candidacy Deferred, or Candidacy Denied. Regarding initial accreditation, possible Board of Commissioners’ actions include Accreditation Granted, Action on Accreditation Deferred, or Accreditation Denied. Regarding changes in accreditation actions, possible Board of Commissioners’ actions include Probation, Withdrawal of Accreditation, Voluntary Withdrawal, or Reaffirmation of Accreditation.
The ATHEA Board of Commissioners is the independent accreditation decision-making body of ATHEA and is elected by the organisation’s membership in accordance with the ATHEA bylaws. The Commissioners review and evaluate requests for accreditation, and determine the accreditation status of all ATHEA institution members. The ATHEA Board of Commissioners is required to post all non-compliance disclosures associated with accreditation and candidacy. Please refer to the ATHEA Accreditation Process Manual for more information concerning such actions. Currently, there are no non-compliance disclosure statements to post.
In order to make informed educational decisions, various stakeholders of the institution, including current and potential students and their families, employers, governmental entities, and other members of the public who may have an interest in the institution, are entitled to have access to information pertaining to the quality of the programmes of the institution. Consequently, the ATHEA requires its accredited members to be accountable to the public for student learning outcomes in their programmes.
Therefore, before first-time accreditation can be granted by the ATHEA and subsequent to the granting of accreditation, an institution must publicly disclose information pertaining to the degree of student learning in its accredited programmes. In addition, the institution must indicate in its catalogue the ways in which the public may access this information. At a minimum, the institution must make student achievement data available on the institution’s website, but it should also make this information available in hard-copy form should it be requested by any member of the public.