Validation visits are conducted to programs with accreditation-continued status. Such visits are scheduled at the direction of the Commission to review the program’s compliance with the Standards and any required information submitted by programs via the portal. The visits also examine the program’s demonstration of continuous oversight of processes and outcomes of education.
Focused visits may be conducted at any time to evaluate a specific Standards related problem(s) identified by a site visit team, the ARC-PA, or in response to a concern received by the ARC-PA. Details about requirements for the focused visit are conveyed to the program in writing prior to the visit. Focused visits usually are conducted by specialist visitor(s), who must include commissioner(s) of the ARC-PA or ARC-PA staff.
There are a series of three Provisional Visits.
Distant Campus Expansion Visits are conducted to programs with accreditation-continuing status that are applying to expand to a distant campus location. The visit is conducted at the site of the proposed campus. Depending on the accreditation history of the applicant program, a concurrent visit to the main program campus may be required.