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The SAIS Accreditation Summit is an annual event held in the summer.


Accreditation chairs and others experienced with SAIS accreditation come together to reflect on operational and strategic issues facing schools and how the SAIS accreditation process can continue to improve to help schools fulfill their missions.


2014 Summit

2014 Superheroes: Cobb Atkinson, Susan Banke, Jim Callis, Lee Conner, Angie Crabtree, Paula Gillispie, Brian Kennerly, Jay Underwood

Using a technique that the SAIS Legacy Club helped design and perfect, participants reviewed the responses received over the course of the year for each of the indicators. Participants also reviewed all responses in accreditation visit reports.

This led to revisions in the language of the indicators, the instructions given to address indicators, and a revised team report that focuses on strategic goals and initiatives of the school.

2015 Summit

2015 Superheroes: Marifred Cilella, Josh Clark, Denise Cooper, Pat Cuneo, Mark Hale, Susan Loubser, Robert McGehee, Steve O’Neil, Scott Phillipps, Pat Taylor, Sarah Whiteside, Michael Zavada

With assistance from Jill Gough and Mary Cantwell, SAIS used a Design Thinking protocol to review the experiences of the chair, the school, and the team member with an eye towards uncomplicating, demystifying, and simplifying the accreditation process.

This led to revisions to training protocols and the creation and addition of help files located in strategic areas of the SAIS Accreditation Portal.

2016 Summit

2016 Superheroes: Marifred Cilella, Rachel Deems, Paula Gillispie, Palmer Kennedy, David Noone, Scott Phillipps, Kelly Sanderson, Pat Taylor, Jay Underwood, Jackie Westerfield

After rapidly reviewing several Hot Topics and how SAIS Accreditation can help schools react and respond, the group reviewed and refined various aspects of the process including the pre-visit, visit schedule, and documentation from the school.

This led to adoption of a list of expected documents and documentation, revisions to the chair-led training script, and review committee procedures.


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Institute for Heads
June 27-30, 2017 | Palm Beach, FL
Engaging, energizing, and nurturing retreat for heads and spouses on the challenges of headship.

Dean of Students Symposium
June 19-21, 2017 | Savannah, GA
Learn best practices, share ideas with colleagues in your role, and leave with tools to help you in your work. More information coming soon!

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