The work group spent significant time and energy researching trends in education and accreditation, studying the standards and processes of diverse educational organizations, dialoguing with the commission, and presenting to the board. Both the Accreditation Commission and the Board of Directors wholeheartedly endorsed the direction of our work.
We based our work on the idea that a center is a learning ecology, an environment that collectively and individually thinks about itself and its habits. It includes relationships and interactions, contexts and processes, and provides opportunities and resources for student learning, development, and achievement.
In the light of our study and research, we learned that standards are unique and distinct from policies or procedures. Therefore, we endeavored to separate policy/procedure from the standards, which will provide greater clarity to centers in the accreditation process and allow for increased creativity.