COAPRT Accreditation Standards
Programs seeking accreditation must demonstrate compliance with each of the following standards. For many standards, self-study authors will find that evidence demonstrating compliance resides within an existing, on-line institutional policy and procedure manual or related document. In such cases, authors may (a) copy the relevant material and paste that information into a “hard copy” self-study, or (b) provide the URL address of the specific on-line information that addresses the standard. If the URL approach is used, authors shall provide URLs pointing directly to the specific evidence requested for each standard, rather than to a more general document.
Standard 4.03, for example, indicates: The program shall utilize strategic hiring practices intended to result in a faculty that varies in education, training, institutions attended, gender, ethnicity, race, age, and other elements of diversity. Such information might be available in an on-line policy and procedure manual of the institution. In that case, the self-study author may provide the URL to that specific policy within the manual (e.g., directly linked to the page and paragraph); this may be accomplished most effectively through the use of hotlinks within the self-study. It is not acceptable to provide the URL to the general policy and procedure manual, leaving reviewers to find the relevant policy within that more general document. Programs are also fully responsible for assuring that all links are viable. Authors shall verify that all links are active at the time the self-study is forwarded to COAPRT and visitors. Reviewers will not search further for evidence of compliance if links are not working or if links do not reveal information related to the standard being evaluated.