The Common Standards address issues of institutional infrastructure, stability, and processes that are designed to ensure that the implementation of all approved programs is successful and meets all standards.

Common Standards reflect aspects of program quality that are the same for all credential programs, regardless of type of program. The institution/program sponsor must respond to each Common Standard by providing information and/or supporting documentation about the individual programs to be offered by the institution/program sponsor. 

Common Standards are due on February 28th of each year based on on the color cohort the institution is assigned.  An evidence guide is provided below.   

Common Standards (adopted 2015)  

Common Standards Glossary and Submission RequirementsPDFMS_Word
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Common Standards Webinar (video recording)

Common Standards Presentation (2019)






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Updated February 26, 2020