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The Evaluation Process

The Commission provides the following program for maintaining accredited status: the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ) that SWOSU utilizes. PEAQ employs a five-step comprehensive evaluation process to determine continued accredited status.

  • The organization engages in a self-study process for approximately two years and prepares a report of its findings in accordance with Commission expectations.
  • The Commission sends an evaluation team of Consultant- Evaluators to conduct a comprehensive visit for continued accreditation and to write a report containing the team’s recommendations.
  • The documents relating to the comprehensive visit are reviewed by a Readers Panel or, in some situations, a Review Committee.
  • The IAC takes action on the Readers Panel’s recommendation. (If a Review Committee reviewed the visit, the Review Committee takes action.)
  • The Board of Trustees validates the work of IAC or a Review Committee, finalizing the action. Evaluations for initial and continued candidacy and initial accreditation also follow the processes outlined above.