Accreditation Actions

This section contains information pertaining to the following:

  • accreditation granted
  • accreditation deferred
  • accreditation denied
  • accreditation withdrawn

Accreditation Granted

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If an institution is found to be in compliance with the Accreditation Criteria, MEMAAC may grant accreditation for a specific period of time from a minimum of one year to a maximum of five years. The length of the grant shall be at the discretion of MEMAAC. A grant of accreditation for less than five years is not a negative action and, therefore, is not appealable.

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Accreditation Deferred

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When an institution is measured against the criteria and is found to be in marginal compliance, or there is insufficient evidence available for the Council to make a decision, MEMAAC may defer action until a later date pending receipt of additional information. In such cases, MEMAAC will provide in writing the reasons for the deferral, state what the institution needs to provide, and invite a response to the findings by a specific date.

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Accreditation Denied

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Denial of an accredited status is characterized by the Council as a “denial” action and is differentiated from suspension of accreditation. There are two levels of denial. One totally withholds accreditation of the institution or a branch; the other denies approval of a requested substantive change. Denial at either level constitutes a negative action and is challengeable by the institution. See items below for the process of challenge for each kind of denial. In all cases of denial, the Council will give the institution written reasons for the denial, which are subject to modification through the appeals processes as later described and explained. Denial actions that are not appealed in accordance with the appeals procedures provided by the Council are considered final actions.

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Accreditation Withdrawal

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“Withdrawal of accreditation” differs from “denial of accreditation” in that denial rejects an institution’s application for an initial grant of accreditation or for a continuing grant to take effect upon the expiration of an existing grant of accreditation; withdrawal of accreditation takes away a current grant of accreditation before its expiration. Accreditation may be withdrawn from an institution through two types of Council action: “revocation” or “suspension.”

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