Accreditation Standards

Importance of Self-Study:

The primary purpose of the AISN Self-Study Report is to provide the necessary reflection for the development of a Strategic Plan to guide improvement initiatives, while also demonstrating compliance with accreditation criteria of AISN. Preparing for the Self Study and carrying it through constitutes as one of the most valuable outcomes of the total accreditation process. It not only provides information utilized in the evaluation of the agency, but is an opportunity for the agency to involve its entire staff and governing board in the process of agency structure, policy, and procedures. There are nine components/standards to the AISN Self-Study Report:


School Profile

  • Standard 1 : Mission Statement and Philosophy
  • Standard 2 : Curriculum and Instruction
  • Standard 3 : Learner Performance
  • Standard 4 : School/institute Climate and Facilities
  • Standard 5 : Community Relations
  • Standard 6 : Personnel
  • Standard 7 : Leadership and Governance
  • Standard 8 : The Strategic Plan


Evaluation Standards and Evaluation Indicators :

Standard 1: Mission and Philosophy

MISSION STATEMENT:

The member organization will have a mission statement that concisely articulates a shared vision for the community and establishes an overall commitment to a particular course of action.

PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT:

The member organization will have a philosophy statement that articulates the principles, beliefs and/or core values of the educational program.

COMMUNICATION OF STATEMENTS :

The member organization will communicate the mission and philosophy statements to the stakeholders in the community.

USE OF STATEMENTS :

The member organization will provide evidence that the mission and philosophy statements guide the organization goals, processes, policies, and procedures.

EVALUATION OF STATEMENTS :

The member organization will have mission and philosophy statements that have been developed by appropriate representatives of the various stakeholders and a shared evaluation process that periodically reviews the effectiveness, relevance and quality of the statements.


Standard 2: Curriculum and Instruction

CURRICULUM HANDBOOK :

The member organization will have a written comprehensive curriculum handbook that outlines the standards or criteria for students to successfully complete the prescribed educational program; the school's curriculum handbook will be sequentially organized with a demonstrated correlation between grade levels and course topics.

USE OF HANDBOOK :

The member organization will demonstrate that the written curriculum guides instructional practices.


VARIETY OF INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES :

The member organization will utilize a variety of instructional practices that accommodate varying learning styles and needs.

USE OF HANDBOOK :

The member organization will demonstrate that the written curriculum guides instructional practices.