Accreditation Handbook—Chapter VII: Site Visitors, Chapter XVIX: Site Visit Planning and Conduct, Chapter XX: Site Visit Report
The site visit is an essential and unique step in the accreditation process. Conducting a site visit on a campus during an accreditation review is one of several mechanisms used by the CAA to determine a program’s compliance with the Standards for Accreditation. The CAA sends trained site visit teams to:
- Verify the accuracy of information provided in the application and resolve questions/concerns that arose from review of the application
- Directly observe program resources and space on campus and interact with program faculty, students, and leadership
- Document that compliance with accreditation standards was verified, consistent with CAA’s expectations
- Facilitate the CAA’s decision making for programs by providing a written report of the visit
The site visit enables the program’s faculty to provide context about the program that is often not conducive in a written description and that can be obtained only by direct observation.
- Site Visit Review Materials
- The Role of the Site Visit [Video]
- CAA’s Perspective: What to Expect and How to Prepare [PDF]
- A Program’s Perspective: What We Did to Prepare for Our Visit [PDF]
- Call for Public Comment on Graduate Programs Under Review
Information for Site Visitors
The CAA maintains a pool of academic faculty, clinical faculty, and practitioners that have completed site visitor training and actively serve as CAA site visitors. Site visitors are volunteers serving 4-year, renewable terms.