An ACCJC member institution accepts the obligation to undergo an educational quality and institutional effectiveness review every six years to maintain its accredited status. The first step in this process is a self evaluation. The self evaluation process serves several purposes. First it is an opportunity for the institution to conduct a thorough self evaluation against the Eligibility Requirements, Accreditation Standards, including federal requirements, and Commission policies, and the institution's own objectives. The process should enable the institution to consider the quality of its programs and services, the institution's effectiveness in supporting student success, and the degree to which the institution is meeting its own expectations (institution-set standards).
During the institutional self evaluation process, the institution should reflect on the extent to which it has:
1. Designed and implemented an ongoing and systematic cycle of evaluation, integrated planning, re-evaluation and improvement,
2. Considered its programs and services while paying particular attention to program review and achievement of student learning outcomes,
3. Prepared and implemented institutional plans for improvement supported by adequate resources of data and other evidence, and
4. Established its own standards of institutional performance regarding student achievement and student learning.
Second, self evaluation is the foundation for the preparation of an Institutional Self Evaluation Report and for the Commission’s external evaluation process. A well-organized and thorough self evaluation process will enable the institution to consider the quality of its programs and services and institutional effectiveness, to report its findings, and to share its evidence and analysis with the External Evaluation Team. (Manual for Institutional Self Evaluation of Educational Quality and Institutional Effectiveness, June 2013. Page 14)