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II. Core Requirements

1. The institution has degree-granting authority from the appropriate government agency or agencies.

2. The institution has a governing board of at least five members that is the legal body with specific authority over the institution. The board is an active policy-making body for the institution and is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the financial resources of the institution are adequate to provide a sound educational program. The board is not controlled by a minority of board members or by organizations or interests separate from it. Neither the presiding officer of the board nor the majority of other voting members of the board have contractual, employment, or personal or familial financial interest in the institution.

3. The institution has a chief executive officer who is not the presiding officer of the board.

4. The institution has a clearly defined and published mission statement specific to the institution and appropriate to an institution of higher education addressing teaching and learning and, where applicable, research, and public service.

5. The institution engages in ongoing, integrated, and institution-wide planning and evaluation processes that incorporate systematic review of programs and services that (a) results in continuing improvement and (b) demonstrates that the institution is effectively accomplishing its mission.

6. The institution is in operation and has students enrolled in degree programs.

7. The institution

(a) offers one or more degree programs based on at least 60 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the associate level; at least 120 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the baccalaureate level; or at least 30 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the post-baccalaureate level.

(b) offers degree programs that embody a coherent course of study that includes a cohesive sequence of courses, are compatible with its stated purpose, and are based upon fields of study appropriate to higher education.

(c) offers undergraduate degrees, a substantial component of which comprises a general education program at the collegiate level that ensures breadth of knowledge and is based on a coherent rationale. For degree completion in associate programs, the component constitutes a minimum of 15 semester hours or the equivalent; for baccalaureate programs, a minimum of 30 semester hours or the equivalent. Credit hours are to be drawn from and include at least one course from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts; social/behavioral sciences; and natural sciences/mathematics. The courses do not narrowly focus on those skills, techniques, and procedures specific to a particular occupation or profession.

(d) may make arrangements for some instruction to be provided by other accredited institutions or entities through contracts or consortia. The institution itself, however, provides instruction for all coursework required for at least one degree program at each level at which it awards degrees, or provides an alternative approach to meeting this requirement. The alternative approach is approved by the Commission on Colleges. In all cases, the institution demonstrates that it controls all aspects of its educational program.

8. The number of full-time faculty members is adequate to support the mission of the institution. The institution has adequate faculty resources to ensure the quality and integrity of its academic programs.

An applicant institution demonstrates that it meets the comprehensive standard for faculty qualifications.

9. The institution provides and supports student and faculty access and user privileges to adequate library collections as well as to other learning and information resources consistent with the degrees offered, and they are sufficient to support all educational, research, and public service programs.

10. The institution provides student support programs and services that promote student learning and enhance the total growth and development of its students.

11. The institution has a sound financial base and demonstrated financial stability, and adequate physical resources to support the mission of the institution and the scope of its programs and services. The institution provides the following financial statements: (a) an institutional audit (as distinct from a system-wide or state-wide audit) and management letter for the most recent fiscal year and prepared by an independent certified public accountant or an appropriate governing auditing agency employing the appropriate audit guide, (b) an annual budget that is preceded by sound planning, is subject to sound fiscal procedures, and is approved by the governing board, and (c) a schedule of net surplus/deficit from operations.

12. An institution seeking initial or continued accreditation conducts and integrates an acceptable Quality Enhancement Plan.

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