Accreditation Schedule and Activities

Important - Data Submission: All institutions and the credential programs offered at the institution are expected to collect data annually, analyze the data and submit the required data to the Commission. Data is submitted through the Accreditation Data System. The system opens for the entry of data in the ADS on March 31.  No reports should be submitted prior to the end of June 2020 to allow for collection of the data related to program completers. All reports must be submitted by August 15, 2020. Please continue to check this page as well as review Program Sponsor Alerts and the PSD E-News. By March 31, 2020 each institution needs to create the reports for each of the pathways through which your Commission-approved programs are offered and enter the program’s contextual information.  

The Accreditation Cycle

The accreditation process is a seven-year cycle of activities. The figure below, illustrates the accreditation cycle of activities. These activities include annual data analysis, preconditions review, Common Standards review, program review, the site visit, and seventh-year follow up. A list of Cohort assignments as well as summaries of accreditation activities (cohort maps) for each cohort can be found in the table below. Institutions are, therefore, at different points in the accreditation cycle, depending on their assigned cohort. The cohort model distributes the workload of the Commission, its staff, and the Board of Institutional Review (BIR) members, which is composed of trained education professionals who review program documents and conduct the accreditation site visits.

Chart of Accreditation Cycle

Cohort Map and Contact

The cohort map provides a schedule of required activities for each color cohort.  The email allows programs to communicate with a specified cohort consultant. All contact information can be found on the PSD Contact Information webpage.

Cohort MapEmail
RedpsdRed@ctc.ca.gov
OrangepsdOrange@ctc.ca.gov
YellowpsdYellow@ctc.ca.gov
GreenpsdGreen@ctc.ca.gov
BluepsdBlue@ctc.ca.gov
IndigopsdIndigo@ctc.ca.gov
VioletpsdViolet@ctc.ca.gov

Additional Resources

Preconditions (Due March 31st in Years 1 and 4)

Program Review (Due October 15th in Year 5)

Common Standards (Due February 28th in year 5)

Site Visit (Year 6 Fall or Spring). Note: Site visit dates are scheduled approximately one year before the site visit takes place.

Accreditation Cohorts by Institution

 



Updated January 15, 2020