Hosting A Visit
The Self Study
Over the course of twelve to eighteen months schools pursuing accreditation engage in a Self Study process structured around NWAIS Standards and Indicators. The resulting document represents a comprehensive study outlining the ways in which the school is fulfilling its mission as well as the school’s self-identified strengths and weaknesses. A successful Self Study process can result in:
- Increased awareness within the school community of the history and operations of the school
- Renewed understanding and commitment to school mission and values
- Greater cohesiveness within the school community
- Greater clarity regarding goals and strategies for achieving goals
- Increased assurance of the quality and viability of the institution
The Accreditation Visit
Hosting a visiting team is a memorable and important step in the NWAIS accreditation process. When the school has completed its Self Study, they share this document with a Visiting Team comprised of administrators and teachers from peer schools. The Visiting Team’s visit involves looking at the school through three lenses:
- Congruence – Does the Self Study accurately reflect the day to day experience at the school?
- Standards – Do the schools practices and policies fulfill the criteria outlined in NWAIS Standards and Indicators?
- Synthesis – Offering the school a coherent picture of what the team has read, seen and heard
- The Visiting Team does not determine whether or not the school receives accreditation, but instead offers Observations, Commendations, Recommendations and Suggestions about the school to the Accreditation Committee, who makes the final decision on the outcome of the visit