FAQs: 2016 Criteria – Self-Study

  1. Is there a page limit for the self-study?
  2. When do we have to have the ERF prepared? At the site visit?
  3. Does everything in the ERF need to be referenced in the self-study?
  4. Do we need to respond to the documentation request at the end of most criteria that asks for strengths, weaknesses and plans? What does "if applicable" mean?
  5. Is there a specific way you want us to organize the electronic resource file (ERF)?
  6. Do any of the agenda sessions change for online programs?
  7. Is there a template I can use when writing my self-study?

1. Is there a page limit for the self-study?

No. The self-study length will reflect the narrative required to address all relevant criteria. As you are writing your self-study, if you are concerned that your document may be too short or too long, contact CEPH staff.

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2. When do we have to have the ERF prepared? At the site visit?

The ERF is due at the same time the preliminary and final self-studies are submitted. In most cases, the ERF will be updated for the submission of the final self-study. You may also provide updated information at the start of the site visit.

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3. Does everything in the ERF need to be referenced in the self-study?

It is helpful to reference ERF materials in the self-study so that reviewers are aware of contents that may be pertinent to the accreditation review. It is also helpful to have a table of contents for the ERF files.

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4. Do we need to respond to the documentation request at the end of most criteria that asks for strengths, weaknesses and plans? What does "if applicable" mean?

It is up to each school or program to decide whether to respond to the documentation request that asks for an assessment of the strengths, weaknesses and future plans related to the criterion. The Council created this flexibility to acknowledge that some criteria allow for more reflection than others. If you have nothing additional to add about the strengths, weaknesses and/or plans related to a specific criterion, you may respond to this documentation request with “not applicable.”

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5. Is there a specific way you want us to organize the electronic resource file (ERF)?

The ERF should be organized according to the criteria and associated documentation requests. For example, the ERF should have a folder for Criterion A1. Within the Criterion A1 folder there will be subfolders for the required documentation (ie, A1-3 and A1-5).

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6. Do any of the agenda sessions change for online programs?

No. All schools ad programs should use the sample agendas provided on the CEPH website to draft their agenda. If any changes need to be made, schools and programs should work with their assigned CEPH coordinator to ensure all required meetings take place.

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7. Is there a template I can use when writing my self-study?

Yes! There is an MS Word template for use in preparing the self-study document (available for PHP and SPH).

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