A site-visit is a comprehensive, on-campus review of the institution’s programmes and operations in response to the institution’s request for institutional candidacy or accreditation. The site visit includes evaluation of the institution’s candidacy application or self-evaluation by an ATHEA site-visit team.

For a candidacy application, the site visit will normally be conducted by the ATHEA Executive Director. For an accreditation self-evaluation visit, the team will consist of professionally trained peer reviewers and students.

Candidacy site-visits are scheduled individually following candidacy application submission by Institutional Members. 

After the institution submits its self-evaluation, the ATHEA Board of Commissioners will designate a team of at least four professionally-trained peer reviewers, including one student, to conduct the site visit. The ATHEA Board of Commissioners selects site visit team members from a pool of well-qualified individuals with experience in the evaluation process and in higher education institutional operations.

The size of the team and the qualifications of its members are influenced by the institutions’ size, complexity, and number of locations. For institutions that offer programmes of that are taught in a language other than English, at least one member of the site visit team will be fluent in the language of instruction.

The ATHEA Board of Commissioners is committed to avoiding potential conflicts of interest by site visit team members.