This portion of the NAST Web site provides narrative descriptions of various aspects of accreditation, both in general, and as practiced by NAST. These descriptions provide an overall picture of accreditation and are not official presentations of NAST standards or procedures.
To review NAST standards and procedures for accreditation, please proceed to Standards/Handbook and Accreditation Procedures.
Accreditation is a process by which an institution or disciplinary unit within an institution periodically evaluates its work and seeks an independent judgment by peers that it achieves substantially its own educational objectives and meets the established standards of the body from which it seeks accreditation. Typically, the accreditation process includes 1) a self-evaluative description (self-study) of the institution or unit, 2) an on-site review by a team of evaluators, and 3) judgment by an accreditation decision-making body, normally called a Commission. Accreditation reviews focus on educational quality, institutional integrity, and educational improvements.
To review various aspects of accreditation, choose one or more categories listed on the left side of this page.