Specialized Program Accreditation

Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is committed to maintaining standards outlined by accrediting agencies at all levels: institution (ex: Higher Learning Commission), unit (ex: Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)), and program (ex: Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET)). The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE, formerly Ohio Board of Regents) also has a role in all university accreditations under the new guidelines for Program Review. New ODHE guidelines require an increased communication regarding accreditation and accreditation status changes of programs within institutes of higher education and their respective accrediting agencies.

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Accreditation Responsibilities

Many accreditation agencies are moving towards an expectation that programs adopt a continuous improvement model focusing on student outcomes/competencies.  This approach takes time, careful consideration, planning, and monitoring on a regular basis.  There are units within BGSU that can assist faculty, administrators, and BGSU personnel with various aspects of implementing a continuous improvement evaluation plan and the assessment of student outcomes/competencies necessary for accreditation (see Accreditation Resources).  Additionally, communication and early action by all involved in accreditation is necessary given the increased need for external reporting about accreditation activities to state and national agencies.

Program faculty, Unit/Program Accreditation Liaison/Coordinator, and the Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness (VPIE) fulfill critical roles in program accreditation. The AAUP states that:

        Within a college or university, the nature of the accrediting process requires common enterprise among the faculty, the         administration, and to some extent the governing board.  The appraisal of the academic program should be largely the         responsibility of the faculty members. (AAUP’s Policy Documents and Reports, 11th ed., p. 132).

Collaboration between the program faculty and Unit/Program Accreditation Liaison/Coordinator is expected in all accreditation activities (completing self-study and accreditation reports, visits from accreditation teams, etc.). The VPIE serves as the Institutional Liaison with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE).  The VPIE also serves as the institutional contact between the President, Provost, and Unit/Program Accreditation Liaison/Coordinator.

A meeting between the Unit/Program Accreditation Liaison/Coordinator and the VPIE early in the accreditation cycle to discuss data and institutional assistance is strongly recommended.

Accreditation Activities

Data Collection
All institutional data, used in accreditation reports (initial self-studies, continuing self-studies, annual updates, etc.), must be verified by the Office of Institutional Research (IR). Requests for institutional data from IR can be requested using the IR Data Request Form.

Please note that requests for institutional data from IR could take two weeks to fulfill depending on the complexity of the data request, availability of data, and capacity/activities within the IR office.  Adequate time should be allowed so that data can be incorporated and used by the unit/program in completing the accreditation self-study/report.

Reports: Initial Self-Studies, Continuing Self-Studies, & Annual Updates
Accreditation reports and evidence files must be shared with Julia Matuga, Vice Provost of Institutional Effectiveness (VPIE) at least one month before they are due to accreditation agencies.  After accreditation reports and evidence files have been reviewed by the VPIE, the Unit/Program Accreditation Liaison/Coordinator is responsible for uploading all accreditation materials (self-study/report and evidence files).

Please note that some accreditation systems require multiple institutional contacts (the President, Provost, Dean, Institutional Research Representative, etc.) to sign off on the submitted materials.  If this is the case, more time may be needed to review the file.  The President and/or Provost will not sign off on submitted materials for accreditation until review from the VPIE is completed.

Team Visits
The Unit/Program Accreditation Liaison/Coordinator is responsible for coordinating accreditation team visits, scheduling the visit with the necessary institutional contacts (the President, Provost, etc.) and informing the VPIE of the accreditation schedule.

Please note that accreditation team visits with the President and/or Provost will not be confirmed unless the VPIE has reviewed submitted accreditation reports and evidence files.

Communication with Accreditors: Changes in Accreditation Status, Final Accreditation Outcome & Significant Findings
Typically, the accreditation agency communicates directly with the Unit/Program Accreditation Liaison/Coordinator, Dean, Provost, and President about accreditation visit outcomes and/or significant findings.  However, in some cases information related to accreditation is only shared with the Unit/Program Accreditation Liaison/Coordinator.

To ensure that accreditation information is accurate, the Unit/Program Accreditation Liaison/Coordinator is responsible for communicating with and providing copies to the VPIE of any communications regarding accreditation (change in accreditation status, team visit outcomes/reports, and/or significant findings). This information will be housed within the Provost’s Office.

If you have any questions about Accreditation at BGSU, please contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Julie Matuga, HLC Institutional Liaison and Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness (VPIE) or Ginny Minnick, Compliance Analyst and Project Manager.

Specialized Program Accrediting Bodies:

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Busines (AACSB)
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)    
American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) 
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC)   
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)  
American Psychological Association (APA)  
The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
Commission on of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)   
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)   
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)    
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences-Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CoAES-CAAHEP)    
Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT)   
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)   
Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA)   
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)   
National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB)
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)  
National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB)
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)  
National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)   
National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)