What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a process through which an organization is recognized for its ability to meet standards promoted by an accrediting body. During an accreditation survey, the accrediting body compares the applicant's performance with the standards established by the accrediting body. This may be done through an assessment of responses to written questions, a review of documentation, interviews, review of procedures (including protocols, images, and reports), as well as an inspection of facilities.
Upcoming Accreditation Efforts
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.
Lincoln University is currently accredited. The next PEAQ evaluation is set to begin in Fall 2012 and run into 2013.
NCATE's web site features accreditation information, standards of excellence in teacher preparation, guidance for future teachers, and links to many NCATE constituent organizations. Lincoln's next visit will be in the FALL 2013.