Accreditation outcome categories are on a continuum of performance from exemplary status to non accreditation, as depicted below.
Following are the five categories of accreditation outcomes.
|Outcome/ Status||Metrics||Award & Comments|
|Accreditation, Exemplary||Ranks highly on 90% or more of the standards within the CORE domains||3 year award|
|Accreditation, Standard||Ranks Highly on 80-89% of the standards within the CORE domains||1-3-year award|
|Accreditation, Provisional||Ranks well or highly on 70-79% of the standards within the CORE domains||1-3 year award (during which the organization needs to address key standards that were not met); required to resubmit for accreditation within that time. Performance improvement plan required|
|Conditional Accreditation||Ranks as meeting (or exceeding) standards on half the core standards (and requires performance improvement on other half); Ranks Moderately on 60 % or more of the standards within the CORE domains_|
|Non-accreditation||Ranks poorly on 59% or more of the standards within the core domains||No award; Resubmit within 1 year if desired after improvement activities|
The decision of which outcome to grant is driven by (1) the Accreditation Self Study conducted by the applicant, (2) the scoring and impressions from the Peer Review Site Visit, and (3) the judgment of the Accreditation Review Committee. The goal is to find the “best fit” on the continuum for the organization, given its implementation of the standards.
At the discretion of the Accreditation Review Committee, within any of the categories:
- Variable lengths of accreditation (0-3 years) can be awarded.
- Organizations may be required to submit a performance improvement plan in order to receive accreditation.
- In selected cases a follow up visit may also be required.