1. Pre-accredited status – granted for specified time period.
1.2 Grant with deficiencies:
a. Must resolve within one year.
b. Commission specifies ACPE standard, criteria, corrective action, and required documentation to resolve.
c. Progress is documented to the area accreditation committee and Commission through the Regional Area Chair.
2. Accredited Member or Continued Accredited Member
2.1. Grant for ten years provided center documents continuing compliance.
2.2. Grant with notations and
a. immediately initiate an adverse action against center or program; or
b. require appropriate action to comply with standard(s) within six months or one year, as specified by the Commission.
c. Commission specifies:
• ACPE standard, criteria involved.
• required corrective action and documentation to demonstrate full compliance.
• time period for coming into compliance, no more than one year.
2.3.Grant with commendations on all or part of center’s application:
a. identifies materials and/or practice exemplary of highest quality of education.
b. specifies specific material or practice being commended and qualitative elements that represent best practice related to a particular standard.
c. action is reserved for centers in full compliance with ACPE accreditation standards and with no unaddressed notations.
d. Commission publishes the commendation in the ACPE newsletter and on the ACPE website and notifies the center.
3. Adverse Actions
3.1.Suspend Accredited Member status – requires the center to temporarily stop recruiting and enrolling students pending further action.
a. Suspension may be for up to 18 months.
b. Action to suspend:
• identifies noncompliance issues leading to the suspension.
• specifies the effective date of suspension.
• requires a center and administrative sponsor to notify students in writing of suspension, with a copy of the notice to the Commission.
• ordinarily permits completion of program units in progress at the time; no new students may be enrolled.
• requires the center to stop publication/distribution of materials about its program.
• requires the center to suspend recruitment and admissions.
• prohibits the expansion of programming or development of satellite program relationships.
• specifies corrective action(s) and conditions to be met for removal of suspension.
c. When the suspension period ends the Commission:
• removes the suspension or
• withdraws the center’s accreditation.
3.2. Withdraw Accredited Member status – ends center’s accredited standing with ACPE and may occur:
a. by an adverse action of Commission if the center or its program are not in compliance with ACPE accreditation standards;
b. by an adverse action of Commission after the center or any of its programs in suspension fail(s) to meet conditions for removal of suspension. Centers under suspension may not vacate adverse action by initiating voluntary withdrawal of membership;
c. by an adverse action of Commission when the center is without a certified supervisor more than 12 months and does not wish to enter an Inactive Center Status; or
d. by request of accredited center. Accredited centers in good standing request withdrawal of Accredited Member status or accreditation of any programs by written notification to ACPE Accreditation Chair c/o ACPE, with a copy to the area accreditation committee chair. Voluntary requests are noted at the next regular Commission meeting.
3.3. Before an adverse action decision is finalized, the center may seek review of new financial information if all the following conditions are met:
a. the financial information was unavailable to the center until after the decision subject to appeal was made.
b. the financial information is significant and bears materially on the financial deficiencies identified by the Commission. The Accreditation Commission determines the significance and materiality.
c. the only remaining deficiency cited by the Commission in support of a final adverse action decision is the center’s failure to meet the ACPE standard pertaining to finances.
A center may seek review of new financial information as described only once and any determination made by the Commission does not provide a basis for an appeal.
3.4. Centers may appeal an adverse accreditation decision. See Appendix 9 Appeal of Adverse Accreditation Decisions.