The ACPE Accreditation Portfolio presents essential components of the ecology of a center for spiritual care education.
When completed and maintained, the Portfolio serves as an up-to-date account of a Center’s educational program, as well as its vision and plan for the future. The Portfolio is the primary means of achieving and sustaining Accredited Status in accordance with the requirements of the Accreditation Commission of ACPE. The completed Portfolio also serves as an ongoing statement of performance for stakeholders, funding and grant regulators and other interested parties.
The Portfolio consists of a Dashboard for reporting common data, an Institutional/Organizational Overview, a section on the ACPE Standards for Accreditation, and a section for all other relevant documentation and data to provide a full understanding of the center and its educational program(s). The Portfolio presents a picture of the Center’s context for learning, educational focus, key strengths and advantages, along with unique opportunities.
Accredited centers must regularly maintain their accreditation portfolios so that they are always up to date.
The Portfolio is securely stored in ACPE’s SharePoint site and consists of five (5) sections:
1. Dashboard of Common Data Components
e.g. numbers and types of students, level and scope of educational offerings, campuses and additional instructional locations, distance delivery programs, student retention and completion
2. Current Accreditation Processes and Communications with the Commission
This section is utilized for annual portfolio review processes as well as site visit documentation and communication. Feasibility/Self Study documents will be included in this section.
3. Institutional/Organizational Overview and Context
This section includes a written narrative that describes the setting in which the CPE program is situated, giving the readers of the portfolio a basic to moderate understanding of some of the unique characteristics of the center and its program.
This section is where the center maintains its evidence of compliance with each standard. Centers may choose to address the required portfolio items in a variety of ways, e.g. clearly written documentation, annotated graphics, PowerPoint or similar, and videos are all possibilities.
5. Archived Accreditation Records
This section includes all materials, communications and previous reviews since the last full accreditation review (6 years).