COAPRT Visitors serve a critical role in the accreditation process by visiting academic programs to evaluate compliance with the standards from an on-the-ground perspective. Visitors serve as the "eyes and ears" of the Council.
Individuals meeting the eligibility requirements and having completed the COAPRT Training may apply to become an accreditation visitor using the application below:
The Council maintains a list of approved Visitors who have met education and experience criteria and completed a training workshop conducted by the Council. Only individuals who have been approved are eligible to serve on Visitation Teams. While all educator and professional members of the Council are qualified as visitors, only in exigent circumstances will a sitting Council member serve as a Visitation Team member.
To maintain the highest ethical standards the following policies exist:
When a Program files its formal application for accreditation, the dates for the completion of the institution’s Self-Study and range of visitation dates are specified. The Council Staff Liaison identifies individuals from the approved list of visitors who are available to serve on the respective visit, and submits these names to the Council Executive Committee for approval. The Staff Liaison then sends the list of individuals comprising the proposed Visitation Team to the institution for confirmation. The institution may indicate objections to any name on the list, giving reasons for doing so. However, the Council reserves the right to determine the Visitation Team. Following receipt of the institution’s approval of the list and with Council affirmation, the Staff Liaison invites the selected individuals to serve and requests that the Visitation Team Chair make specific arrangements for the visit directly with the institution and his/her Team Members.
All Council on Accreditation Visitors must meet Core Requirements; additional requirements are identified for practitioners and educators.
Additional Requirement for Visitation Chairs
Additional Requirements for Practitioners
A working relationship with higher education in the last three (3) years as evidenced by involvement such as:
Any individual who does not meet the stated visitor requirements may petition for visitor status based upon professional credentials and expertise. The petition is made to the Executive Committee of the Council via the Staff Liaison. Any educator appointed as a visitor through the petition process may not serve as the Visitation Team Chair or as a Single Visitor.
At the conclusion of each visit, all members of the Visitation Team will be evaluated via online evaluation forms. The institution will be asked to evaluate the professionalism and competence of all members of the Visitation Team. The Visitation Team Chair will evaluate the two other team members who will, in turn, evaluate the Visitation Team Chair on these same dimensions. Successful evaluations are necessary to maintain one’s status as an Accreditation Visitor. If concerns are identified for any Visitor, that individual may be asked to complete additional Visitor training sessions prior to continuation as a COAPRT Visitor. Completed evaluations are complete via an online form that is sent directly to the Staff Liaison.