Due process is the major post-visit activity before the Council confers the final accreditation decision.

After the on-site visit is completed, the accreditation council will prepare a draft report containing a section for each program reviewed. The draft report will include general information about each program, statements about the program’s strengths, and statements detailing shortcomings identified by the team. The draft report will be sent to the institution for response.

The institution will have 60 days to respond to the shortcomings identified in each program’s section. The institution may need to provide supplemental information for a program’s improvement after the draft report is submitted. Supplemental information must be received in time for proper consideration prior to the commission decision-making meeting.


The shortcomings indicated here include two levels of compliance and non-compliance with an applicable criterion, policy, or procedure.

  • Deficiency – indicates that a criterion, policy, or procedure is not satisfied.
  • Concern – indicates that a program currently satisfies a criterion, policy, or procedure. However, the potential exists for the situation change to not meeting the criterion, policy, or procedure.