Accreditation

4.1 The institution evaluates success with respect to student achievement consistent with its mission. Criteria may include: enrollment data; retention, graduates, course completion, and job placement rates; state licensing examinations; student portfolios; or other means of demonstrating achievement of goals. (Student Achievement)

4.2 The institution’s curriculum is directly related and appropriate to the mission and goals of the institution and the diplomas, certificates, or degrees awarded. (Program Curriculum)

4.3 The institution makes available to students the public current academic calendars, grading polices, and refund polices. (Publication of Policies)

4.4 Program length is appropriate for each of the institution’s educational programs. (Program Length)

4.5 The institution has adequate procedures for addressing written student complaints and is responsible for demonstrating that it follows those procedures when resolving student complaints. (See Commission policy “Complaint Procedures against the Commission or its Accredited Institutions.”) (Student Complaints)

4.6 Recruitment materials and presentations accurately represent the institution’s practices and policies (Recruitment Materials)

4.7 The institution is in compliance with its program responsibilities under Title IV of the most recent Higher Education Act as amended. (In reviewing the institution’s compliance with these program responsibilities, the Commission relies on documentation forwarded to it by the U.S. Department of Education.) (Title IV Program Responsibilities)

4.8 An institution that offers distance or correspondence education documents each of the following: (Distance and Correspondence Education)

4.8.1 demonstrates that the student who registers in a distance or correspondence education course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program and receives the credit by verifying the identify of a student who participates in class or classwork by using, at the option of the institution, methods such as (a) a secure login and pass code, (b) proctored examinations, or (c) new or other technologies and practices that are effective in verifying student identification.

4.8.2 has a written procedure for protecting the privacy of students enrolled in distance and correspondence education courses or programs.

4.8.3 has written procedure distributed at the time of registration or enrollment that notifies students of any projected additional student charges associated with verification of student identity.

4.9 The institution has policies and procedures for determining the credit hours awarded for courses and programs that conform to commonly accepted practices in higher education and to Commission policy. (See Commission policy “Credit Hours.”). (Definition of Credit Hours)