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Accreditation Process

Since 2002, SAIS has offered an accreditation founded on three pillars:

  • compliance with standards/indicators
  • completion of a self-study
  • visit by a team of peer educators

The SAIS process allows schools to pursue accreditation while maintaining their identity and mission. We ask schools to tell their stories in a way that demonstrates they are mission-driven. An SAIS accreditation confirms that a school's intended efforts are also the actualized ones.

As part of the continuous improvement process, a two-year interim report is required and demographic updates are submitted each year with membership dues renewal. Additionally, all substantive changes should be reported in a timely manner via this online form.

To Begin the SAIS Accreditation Process:

A school must first be a member of SAIS to seek accreditation. Membership information can be found on the membership page. All criteria must be met before the accreditation process can begin.

If you have any questions about the current membership criteria, please email

The Accreditation Guidebook outlines the accreditation process from beginning to end, highlighting the milestone markers along the way. Attending an accreditation workshop is an extremely helpful way to deepen your understanding of the process. We offer regionally-based workshops as well as workshops on your campus. Click here to learn more about accreditation workshops. 

Submit the Request for Participation 18-24 months prior to your anticipated visit date. You will receive an automatic response that your form has been received. SAIS will assign a visiting team chair as quickly as possible.

A school’s self-study offers the opportunity to tell the school's story and impact its future. The self-study can be completed using any number of models, but we find that our schools most appreciate the school improvement or strategic planning options. Information and samples are included in the Guidebook

Click here for more information regarding self-study.

SAIS will assign your team members and chair. You may suggest areas of expertise that would be valuable to your school, but the final creation of the team is the responsibility of SAIS in conjunction with your chair.

The logistics, travel expenses, lodging arrangements, and meals vary from visit to visit, but should be determined by the chair and the school’s accreditation coordinator. Please see the Guidebook for additional information.

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