APPLICATION OF RECORD: (10.25.2013) The application submitted by the program to the ARC-PA office is considered the program's application of record. It is one component of the official program record used by the commission throughout the accreditation review process. Site visitors have been instructed not to accept any new or revised application materials from the program at the time of the visit. If, during the process of the visit, the site visitors suggest additional information or materials be submitted to the ARC-PA office, these materials should be sent with the program’s response to observations.
IMPORTANT SOFTWARE NOTE TO PROGRAMS: (5.15.2013) As the ARC-PA transitions to the revised accreditation process, all application documents, templates, change forms and reports due to the ARC-PA will be developed in Microsoft Office 2010 and may not be compatible with Office 2007 and earlier. Programs are urged to plan accordingly.
APPLICATION MATERIALS SPECIAL NOTE: There are no application materials posted on this web site. Application materials are being revised and updated with new software as noted above, and to accommodate the changes to the accreditation process. Application packets are sent to programs according to the agenda at which they will be reviewed by the ARC-PA. Programs will have their materials at least one year in advance of the date the completed application is due to the ARC-PA.
Programs on the March 2014 and September 2014 agendas that do not have an application packet should contact the ARC-PA office and speak with Heather McGovern.
To assist programs in working on components of the application a zip file Sample Application and SSR is posted here. This sample should allow programs to begin drafting wording to questions in the application. Additionally, a Sample for the SSR 2 years out is posted here.
The first programs to submit a self study report two years in advance of their validation visits will be those scheduled for review on the September 2016 agenda. Programs on earlier agendas will be submitting their self study report appendix at the same time as the rest of the application materials.
Programs should contact the ARC-PA if they have any questions about the application components.
Directions for using ARC-PA Program Management Data Portal to download and submit the Program Data Sheet and SCPE for required applications and reports to the ARC-PA. Programs scheduled for review on an ARC-PA agenda in 2013, 2014 and March of 2015 may follow these easier portal based SCPE directions to substitute for Appendix 12. The format will look different than what is included in the application materials, depending on when you received an application packet.
The Application Packet for Continuing Accreditation for Multi campus programs has been revised and provided to programs.
Protocol for Program Directors (2.2013)
Program Site Visit Questionnaire to be completed by the program at the conclusion of the site visit. (online)