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 as exceeding standards on 25 or more of the core standards.
Previously published: Ranks highly on 90% or more of the standards within the CORE domains
3 year award
Accreditation, Standard Ranks as meeting or exceeding standards on 20 or more of the core standards.
Previously published: Ranks Highly on 80-89% of the standards within the CORE domains
1-3-year award
Accreditation, Provisional Ranks as meeting or exceeding standards on 15-19 of the core standards (and requires performance improvement on the other standards).
Previously published: 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 Deleted.
Previously published: 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 as requiring performance improvement on 17 or more of the core standards.
Previously published: 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.

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