When an institution has submitted a satisfactory self-study and other required documentation, the office of the Executive Director will appoint a team to visit and evaluate the institution. The institution is notified of the composition of the visiting team and may request that team members be replaced for cause.
Scope of Visit. The scope of a visit will depend on the location, operation, size, and program offerings of the institution. All nonmain campuses are subject to evaluation, either in conjunction with the main campus or separately.
Visit Fees. Visit expenses for all team members, including the ACICS staff member who accompanies the team, shall be paid by the institution. For a list of current fees, please click here. Expenses include an honorarium to the chair of the team, to all outside representatives, and to subject specialists. The institution is required to submit a deposit prior to the visit, which will be applied toward the expenses of the visiting team. The council reserves the right to cancel a scheduled visit in the absence of the required visit deposit.
Updated Information and Work Room Materials
In preparation for an on-site evaluation visit, an institution must collect additional information not included in the self-study or update information submitted to the team members. (Click here for the Visit Update Information Form. ) This information, such as faculty and staff files and meeting minutes, must be available in the team's work room. (Click here for the Visit Room Materials Form) ACICS provides institutions with a list of these materials that varies depending on the type of evaluation visit.
Institutional Evaluation of a Visit
In addition, after a visit has been conducted, ACICS asks each institution to prepare an evaluation of the visiting team. This information is important in measuring the effectiveness of the evaluation teams. This information is held in confidence and has no bearing on any decision by the Council. Finally, ACICS provides institutions with assistance in preparing a response to the Council. The response must be professional and organized and provide details of changes made to correct areas of noncompliance from the team report.
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