The aim of a site visit is to assess how well an institute implements its own mission, adheres to its professed views, and meets the ACPEinc core Standards. The site visit plan is cooperative … but since visitors are there to gather data they observe and interview, but they do not intervene.
The Site Visit Team is comprised of two or more analysts and at least one ACPEinc Trustee.
- The Site Visit Team will review the Self Study Application and supporting documents prior to visit to ensure institute or program readiness.
- While on-site, the Team will gather information through dialogue, observation and the review of documents. The Team will also verify that the institute or program is functioning as described in the Self Study Application, and that it is in compliance with the core Standards.
- The Site Visit Team will meet together to engage in a consensus process that will lead to a preliminary report of its findings.
- At the end of the visit, the Site Visit Team will conduct an open meeting with members of the institute or program to provide a preliminary and non-binding overview of their findings and answer questions.
- After departing the institute or program, a preliminary draft report (based on the Site Visit Teams' findings) will be submitted to the institute or program for review. Factual corrections and comments are to be made within 6 weeks time.
- Once the ACPEinc has received comments and corrections from the institute or program, the Site Visit Team will then amend the preliminary report as needed and submit it to the Chair of the Standing Committee on Accreditation (SCA) of the ACPEinc.
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