What are the Steps to Accreditation?
WHAT ARE THE STEPS FOR ACCREDITATION?
Current fees associated with accreditation**:
Application (includes one program): $3,500.00
Additional fee per program: $600.00
Self-Study Report (review and approval process): $250.00 + $225.00/each additional program
Visit Fee to be paid prior to Visit (includes one program): $2,500.00
Additional fee per program: $250.00
Charge for each off-campus location to be visited: $225.00
Deposit for team travel expenses: $3,500.00
Interim Report Fee (not involving a visit): $400.00
**Please refer to AABI Form 203 for additional non-traditional delivery and multi-location fees.
1. The institution must be a member of AABI to be eligible for accreditation.
2. The institution submits an application (Form 202), application fee, one copy of school catalog (or link), one copy of the aviation program curriculum, and one copy of the course descriptions for all aviation courses. All documents are to be submitted electronically (flash drive or CD-ROM). Email submissions are not allowed.
3. The president reviews application documents and submits copies to Accreditation Committee chair, assistant chair and Accreditation Committee Reviewers (ACRs) for review.
4. The Accreditation Committee chair determines the institution’s status (admission to candidate status, or denied).
5. The chair of the Accreditation Committee notifies President of the decision regarding candidate status.
6. The president notifies the institution, by letter, advising of status. If approved for candidate status, enclose Form 201 (Accreditation Criteria Manual) and Form 204 (Outline for a Self-Study Report). If denied, advise institution of reasons for denial.
7. The institution completes a Self-Study Report (SSR). The SSR should be completed in one academic year. There are additional fees for SSR submission extension requests.
8. The institution submits one hard copy of the SSR to the AABI office, as well as one electronic copy on flash drive or CD-ROM. Email submissions are not allowed. One copy will be sent to the president, Accreditation Committee chair and assistant chair and ACRs . If the institution has had a catalog change at any time since submission of their application, an electronic copy of the new catalog should also be submitted.
9. A copy of the SSR (and new catalog, if applicable) are sent to the Accreditation Committee chair, assistant chair and ACRs for review.
10. The Accreditation Committee chair advises the President if the SSR is complete.
The following applies to all Institutions (initial accreditation and reaffirmations:
1. The central office notifies the institution of three possible dates for a Team visit. A list of Visiting Team members is sent to the institution, which has the option of striking up to five members for reasons of conflict of interest.
2. When the institution responds, a chair for the Visiting Team is selected. The central office, in consultation with the chair of the Visiting Team selects the Visiting Team members. Team members are selected. The president notifies the institution of the date of the visit and the Visiting Team Members and sends Form 206 (Information and Procedures for the Visiting Team), Form 207 (Typical Schedule for a Visiting Team), Form 208 (Evidence Guide) and Form 201 (Criteria Manual). All Team members also receive a copy of the SSR. The chair will recieve a copy of the application and, if this is a reaffirmation, the chair is also sent the previous Visiting Team Report and interim report(s) if applicable.
3. The central office sends the Visiting Team members a travel expense report (with explanation of travel procedures) as well as Form 214 (Team Member Assessment of the Performance of the Visiting Team Chairperson) to team members and Form 215 (Chairperson’s Assessment of the Performance of the Visiting Team Member) to Team Chair, to be completed and returned to the AABI Central Office within 10 days of the completion of the visit. AABI pays the expenses of the Visiting Team, to include honorariums for each team member, from the deposit paid by the institution prior to the visit. The institution is invoiced for any amount exceeding the deposit or reimbursed for any un-used deposit.
4. The central office sends the Visiting Team chair a Form 210 (Visiting Team Recommendation to the Accreditation Committee and Board of Trustees) for each program evaluated.
5. The Visiting Team chair corresponds with the institution to work out a detailed schedule of the visit. A timetable worksheet, including board action, is prepared by the central office. Copies are sent to the Team and institution.
6. The Visiting Team members conduct the visit. A staff liaison or other designated AABI observer may participate if deemed necessary by the Visiting Team chair or president.
7. After the visit, the chair of the Accreditation Committee and the central office receive the Visiting Team first draft report from the Team chair for review. Their comments are sent to the Team chair, who will incorporate their comments into a second draft of the report.
8. The chair of the Visiting Team completes a Form 215 (Chairperson’s Assessment of the Performance of the Visiting Team Members). The other Visiting Team members must complete a Form 214 (Team Members Assessment of the Performance of Visiting Team Chairperson). These are returned to the AABI Central Office to be filed in the Visiting Team member’s files.
9. The chair of the Visiting Team sends the second draft of the Visiting Team report to the president (or equivalent) of the institution for review and correction of factual errors only.
10. The institution’s point of contact reviews the second draft and sends comments and draft back to the chair of the Visiting Team. A final Visiting Team Report is completed by the chair of the Visiting Team and sent to chair of the Accreditation Committee and president, along with Form(s) 210 (to the central office only).
11. The president sends the final Visiting Team Report to the institution for their response to any recommendations and, if desired, to suggestions.
12. The institution submits their institutional response to the final Visiting Team Report to the president. The response must be signed by the president (or equivalent) of the institution.
13. Thirty days prior to AABI’s next meeting, the central office sends the final Visiting Team Report and the institution’s response to the Board of Trustees and all members of Accreditation Committee. The completed Form(s) 210 is/are submitted to the Accreditation Committee Chair.
14. The Accreditation Committee reviews the Visiting Team Report and the institutional response. The Accreditation chair prepares for the Board of Trustees an summary to be presented to the Board.
15. The Board acts on the report and makes its decision decision.
16. If accredited, an official Board Action Letter is sent to the institution by the president within 30 days of the action.