It's that time of the year when all accredited colleges, except those that have had or will have a site visit within six months, must submit an interim report.
Interim reports are also required at six-month intervals for colleges functioning under Reasonable Assurance or Provisional Accreditation. This year's interim reports are due in the AVMA office by December 16, 2011.
The interim report is an important tool in the accreditation process. It provides the college with an opportunity to communicate with the COE concerning progress toward addressing recommendations or deficiencies noted in their last site visit. It also gives the COE a mechanism by which it can monitor a college's compliance with the standards and, if necessary, make recommendations in regards to a situation before it may become an adverse accreditation issue.
When preparing an interim report, the college should describe any recent or anticipated changes and the ways in which previous COE recommendations have been met. A college should also include any fundamental changes which impact upon the Standards. The report also asks for an update on expenditures, NAVLE pass rates student attrition rates, and other outcomes assessment delineators received during the reporting period.
Once received, the interim report is assigned to primary and secondary reviewers, who write a draft summary of their findings along with a recommendation for the college's the accreditation status. At the Spring COE meeting, the primary reviewer leads discussion of the report. After discussion, the Council votes on the accreditation status, and this decision is communicated to the college.
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