How do we involve students positively in both the regional and programmatic accreditation processes?
Ways to provide information to students
Invite a student(s) to a faculty meeting periodically.
Include the college and program mission on orientation materials.
To do something different and fun for the provision of information that would appeal to our two majority generations at campus: millennials and baby boomers. (Interactive presentations to gain knowledge about the institution, quizzes with prizes, answers to the questionnaires on a regular basis, participation in focus groups).
Having campus accreditation ambassadors to inform other students about the process.
Get students involved in governance – and the actual accreditation process
Invite current students or alumni to serve on your community advisory board.
Ask students to serve as consultants on college initiatives (e.g., diversity project).
Involve students in the mock site visit.
Students can serve as guides for the accreditation survey team campus tours, which provides an opportunity for informal discussions about the program.
Students can be included on the self-study task force and on any subcommittees where they can provide meaningful inputs reviewing accreditation standards and elements related to the educational program, medical students, and educational and clinical facilities.
A student group should review the results of the most recent Graduation Questionnaires to identify and monitor past challenges.
Visit classes in the program to discuss data collected and programmatic/curricular changes (e.g., intro course, midway course and final course).