Q: What happens if a college doesn't meet the criteria for a classification of "accredited" by the AVMA Council on Education (COE)?
Colleges that are found to have deficiencies in one or more Accreditation Standards
that have little to no impact on student learning or safety will receive a classification of accredited with minor deficiencies. These deficiencies must be corrected within one year.
Colleges that have specific deficiencies in one or more Accreditation Standards that adversely affect student learning or safety are granted an accreditation status of probationary accreditation
. Probationary accreditation may also be granted to a college that has been accredited with minor deficiencies if the college has not corrected those deficiencies within one year. Measures must be taken to ensure the education and safety of the students. Colleges operating under probationary accreditation and accredited with minor deficiencies must provide biannual progress reports, and colleges with probationary accreditation must correct the cited deficiencies within two years (one year if it was originally identified as a minor deficiency). For more information, read about the different types of accreditation classifications