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Serving on a Visiting Committee: Other Visits - Mid-cycle (Midterm) One-Day Visit

ACS WASC accreditation is based on a six-year accreditation cycle, with a full Self-Study visit occurring every six years.

The materials listed below pertain to visits other than the full Self-Study visits. Go to the Self-Study VC Chair and Self-Study VC Member pages for materials pertaining to full Self-Study visits.

International schools have different procedures and in some cases, a different accreditation cycle.

Three-Year Term Revisits
 

A Three-Year Term Revisit is typically a two-and-1/2-day visit by a two- to five-member committee which takes place during the third year of the six-year cycle. The team writes a visiting committee report and completes a confidential accreditation status recommendation and justification statement.

Note: Visiting Committee expenses are submitted to the ACS WASC office for reimbursement.

The status options available as a result of this visit are (1) granting three additional years of accreditation, (2) granting three additional years of accreditation with a progress report required the following year, (3) granting three additional years of accreditation with a progress report and visit required the following year, or (4) accreditation may be withheld.


 
Mid-cycle Two-Day Visits
 

Schools that receive a status of accreditation with a required two-day mid-cycle visit host the mid-cycle visit during the third year of the six-year cycle. The visiting committee writes a visiting committee report and completes a confidential justification statement.

As a result of this visit, the six-year status of accreditation (1) may be reaffirmed; (2) may be reaffirmed and a special follow-up progress report and/or revisit may be required in one year; or (3) accreditation status may be withheld.

Note: Visiting Committee expenses are submitted to the ACS WASC office for reimbursement..


 
Mid-cycle (Midterm) One-Day Revisits
 

Schools that receive a status of accreditation with a required mid-cycle visit host the mid-cycle visit during the third year of the six-year cycle. A mid-cycle review is a one- or two-day visit. The visiting committee writes a visiting committee report and completes a confidential justification statement.

As a result of this visit, the six-year status of accreditation (1) may be reaffirmed; (2) may be reaffirmed and a special follow-up progress report and/or revisit may be required in one year; or (3) status may be withheld.

Note: Visiting Committee expenses are submitted to the ACS WASC office for reimbursement. Overnight hotel stays are not typically associated with a one-day visit.



 
Limited-Term Revisits
 

A Limited-Term Revisit is typically a one-day visit by a two-member committee during the final year of the one- or two-year term. The team writes a visiting committee report and completes a confidential accreditation status recommendation with a justification statement.

Note: Limited-Term Revisits in Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, and East Asia are typically two-and-1/2 day visits.

Note: Visiting Committee expenses are submitted to the WASC office for reimbursement. Overnight hotel stays are not typically associated with a one-day visit.

Accreditation status recommendation options available to the Revisit Committee will depend on the accreditation term the school was granted as a result of their last visit and where they are in the WASC six-year cycle.

The status options are as follows:

  • Year One of the Self-Study Cycle:
    • ― Five years of accreditation granted with a mid-cycle progress report and two-day visit in two years
    • ― One-year of probationary accreditation granted with a progress report and two-day visit in one year
    • ― Accreditation withheld
  • Year Two of the Self-Study Cycle:
    • ― Four years of accreditation granted with a mid-cycle progress report and two-day visit in one year
    • ― Accreditation withheld
  • Year Four of the Self-Study Cycle:
    • ― Two years of accreditation granted with a self-study in two years
    • ― Accreditation withheld

Schools that receive a one- or two-Year Limited-Term as a result of their full self-study are automatically required to participate in a two-day, mid-cycle visit during the third-year of the six-year cycle.

Revisits do not take place during the fifth year of the accreditation cycle as schools are busy preparing for their next full self-study. Therefore, a status recommendation of status cannot take a school to the five-year point.



 
Progress Visits
 

A Progress Visit is a one-day visit by a two-member visiting committee that takes place during the fourth year following a full self-study. The team completes a visiting committee report and a confidential summary statement.

Recommendation options available to the visiting committee are to either reaffirm accreditation for the remainder of the current accreditation cycle or to recommend accreditation be withheld.

Note: Visiting Committee expenses are submitted to the WASC office for reimbursement.


 
Probationary Visits
 

A Probationary Visit is a two-day visit by a two- or three-member committee during the first or second year following a full self-study. The team writes a visiting committee report and completes a confidential accreditation status recommendation with a justification statement.

Note: Visiting Committee expenses are submitted to the WASC office for reimbursement.

Accreditation status recommendation options available to the Revisit Committee will depend on the accreditation status the school was granted as a result of their last visit and where they are in the WASC six-year cycle.

The status options are as follows:

  • Year One of the Self-Study Cycle:
    • ― Five years of accreditation granted with a mid-cycle progress report and two-day visit in two years
    • ― One additional year of probationary accreditation granted with a progress report and two-day visit in one year
    • ― Accreditation withheld
  • Year Two of the Self-Study Cycle:
    • ― Four years of accreditation granted with a mid-cycle progress report and two-day visit in one year
    • ― Accreditation withheld

Schools that receive probation as a result of their full self-study are automatically required to participate in a two-day, mid-cycle visit during the third-year of the six-year accreditation cycle.


 
Special Visits
 

Occasionally a special visit is required for a particular school. This is typically a one-day, two-member visit. A Visiting Committee Report and a Justification Statement are required.

Note: Visiting Committee expenses are submitted to the WASC office for reimbursement. Overnight hotel stays are not typically associated with a one-day visit.


 
Substantive Change Visits
 

A visit may be required if a changes of a substantive nature take place.

Note: Visiting Committee expenses are submitted to the WASC office for reimbursement. Overnight hotel stays are not typically associated with a one-day visit.


   
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