The Step-by-Step CASCE Accreditation Process

STEP 1: Submit your Application

To begin your process, you will need to submit an application (will be available on Oct 1, 2020). The application helps CASCE confirm that your program has the required foundational pieces in place and that your organization intends to move forward in the process.

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable $1,000 application fee (current ERP programs pay $500).  Programs will be invoiced for the application fee once the application is received. Please note that undergraduate and graduate programs at the same institution are evaluated and accredited separately. Each program requires individual applications and accreditation fees. 

We will only be accepting the first six paid applications to proceed to the next step of the accreditation process. Applicants beyond the first six will be deferred to the next application cycle, October 1, 2021.

Step 2: Complete a Self-Study

Once your application is approved and we receive your application fee, you will receive access to the self-study materials and guidelines. Your Self-Study is a self-reflection of your program’s strengths and weaknesses and determines the extent to which the program complies with established CASCE Professional Standards and Guidelines

NOTE: If the program chooses to defer submission of the Self-Study to the next year, an additional yearly application fee will be charged.

Step 3: Receive a Peer Review Site Visit

After your Self-Study report is received, CASCE will assign a three-person Peer Review team to read the assess your report. Two of the three reviewers will then complete an on-site visit to validate and clarify the contents of your program’s Self-Study report. At the end of the visit, the Peer Review team will provide an exit conference — an unofficial verbal report given to the program faculty and administrators.

Once the site visit is complete, the Peer Review team will submit an official written Site Visit report to CASCE’s Accreditation Review Committee. Once reviewed and approved, the official Site Visit report will be sent to the program, typically about 4-6 weeks after the site visit.

Step 4: Submit a Program Response

Once your institution receives your Site Visit Report, you will have 30 days to respond with your official Program Response. If the program is free of non-compliances, you may simply respond that the report is accepted. If there are non-compliances, the Site Visit Report will provide a detailed description of the reason for non-compliance for each standard and will include instructions on how to show compliance with that standard. The Program Response will also include corrections or documentation indicating compliance.

Step 5: Accreditation Decision

Once the Accreditation Review Committee has received and reviewed the Program Response, any non-compliant standards and response will be reported to the CASCE Board along with a recommendation regarding accreditation. The CASCE board will then make an accreditation decision. Your institution will be informed of the board’s Accreditation Action (see below). You will also receive a clear statement of any non-compliance along with instructions for completion of a Progress Report (if applicable) to continue your pursuit of accreditation

Maintaining your Accreditation

Once you are a CASCE accredited program, you must maintain your accreditation by completing an Annual Report and paying your annual fees.

If you have substantive changes to your program, CASCE must be notified within 30 days of the change. Substantive changes include: Program Director changes (including leave of absence and interim), a change in college or school, or change in degree or concentration.

Sharing your Accreditation Journey

Prior to accreditation, your program may indicate on your website or other public documents that you are applying for CASCE accreditation. However, you may not refer to the accreditation in any manner that might infer your program is currently or about to be accredited, including reference to a student being eligible to sit for the CSCS examination (starting in 2030). Once your program becomes accredited, it must be indicated on your website and in other public documents that the program is accredited by the CASCE. Programs are encouraged to use the CASCE accreditation “seal” to do so (when it becomes available).

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