Accreditation Commission Responds to Center's Needs during COVID-19 Outbreak

By Pam Lazor, Chair, Accreditation Commission  |  March 16, 2020 

The health and safety of our students and educators is a core value of ACPE and balancing this with the responsibilities of CPE students and spiritual care givers can be challenging for all involved. Therefore, the Accreditation Commission is sharing the following information related to the Year 3 Comprehensive Portfolio Review and One Person Peer Consultation.

Accreditation Cycle Requirements
Recognizing the known challenges and those not yet known with COVID-19, for this year only (2020), the commission will NOT require a comprehensive portfolio review and one-person peer consultation for centers in Year 3 of the accreditation cycle. However, the peer consultation for Year 3 centers will be optional if the center still wishes to have one.

Centers in Year 3 will participate in a regular portfolio review with all other centers (except for those having a site visit for other accreditation matters at some point this year). Those centers in Year 3 of the accreditation cycle this year wishing to have a peer consultation visit and that are not under travel restrictions should reach out to their assigned commissioner after April 15, 2020, for guidance.

Please note that centers currently in Year 2 of the cycle should anticipate a comprehensive portfolio review and one-person peer consultation in 2021. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your assigned commissioner.

Deadline to Upload Standards Evidence Extended until May 1st
Additionally, we know that the impact of COVID-19 is having on “regular” workdays has been taxing and incredibly unpredictable. Therefore, for centers that need additional time to upload the last of the Standards evidence, the commission is granting an extension until May 1, 2020. We ask that you please inform your assigned commissioner if you will need the additional time.

Thank you for all that you are doing in your centers during this challenging time.

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