A third-party comment may be submitted the Commission at any time as it relates to the compliance of a member institution with Eligibility Requirements (ERs), Accreditation Standards, or Commission Policies. Commission staff will review all third-party comment to assess its applicability to ERs, Accreditation Standards, or Commission policies. Institutions will be provided with an opportunity to review applicable third-party comment. An applicable third-party comment will be provided to the Commission for consideration.
A third-party comment also assists the Commission as it considers applications for reaffirmation of accreditation.
When an institution is undergoing a review, the Commission requires the institution’s chief executive officer to notify the campus, community, and public of the opportunity for submission of third-party comments and the process for doing so. In order to ensure evaluation by the external evaluation team, third-party comment should be received by the Commission no later than five weeks before the evaluation team visit. The team evaluation of third-party comment will become part of the Commission review of the college at the scheduled Commission meeting.