Criteria and Core Components

NCA Five Accreditation Criteria:
  1. Mission and Integrity
    1. Documents are clear and articulate publicly the organization’s commitments
    2. Organization recognizes the diversity of its learners, other constituencies, and the greater society it serves
    3. Understanding of and support for the mission pervade the organization
    4. Governance and administrative structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes that enable the organization to fulfill its mission
    5. Organization upholds and protects its integrity
  2. Preparing for the Future
    1. Realistically prepares for a future shaped by multiple societal and economic trends
    2. Resource base supports its educational programs and its plans for maintaining and strengthening their quality in the future
    3. Ongoing evaluation and assessment processes provide reliable evidence of institutional effectiveness that clearly informs strategies for continuous improvement
    4. All levels of planning align with the mission, thereby enhancing its capacity to fulfill that mission
  3. Student Learning and Effective Teaching
    1. Goals for student learning outcomes are clearly stated for each educational program and make effective assessment possible
    2. Organization values and supports effective teaching
    3. Organization creates effective learning environments
    4. Organization’s learning resources support student learning and effective teaching
  4. Acquisition, Discovery and Application of Knowledge
    1. Organization demonstrates, through the actions of its board, administrators, students, faculty, and staff, that it values a life of learning
    2. Organization demonstrates that acquisition of a breadth of knowledge and skills and the exercise of intellectual inquiry are integral to its educational programs
    3. Organization assesses the usefulness of its curricula to students who will live and work in a global, diverse and technological society
    4. The organization provides support to ensure that faculty, students and staff acquire, discover and apply knowledge responsibly
  5. Engagement and Service
    1. Organization learns from the constituencies it serves and analyzes its capacity to serve their needs and expectations
    2. Organization has the capacity and the commitment to engage with its identified constituencies and communities
    3. Organization demonstrates its responsiveness to those constituencies that depend on it for service
    4. Internal and external constituencies value the services the organization provides