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  • Criterion One: Mission and Integrity
    • Core Component 1a
      The organization's mission documents are clear and articulate publicly the organization's commitments.
    • Core Component 1b
      The organization’s resource base supports its educational programs and its plans for maintaining and strengthening their quality in the future.
    • Core Component 1c
      Understanding of and support for the mission pervade the organization.
    • Core Component 1d
      The organization’s governance and administrative structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes that enable the organization to fulfill its mission.
    • Core Component 1e
      The organization upholds and protects its integrity.
  • Criterion Two: Preparing for the Future
    • Core Component 2a
      The organization realistically prepares for a future shaped by multiple societal and economic trends.
    • Core Component 2b
      The organization’s resource base supports its educational programs and its plans for maintaining and strengthening their quality in the future.
    • Core Component 2c
      The organization’s ongoing evaluation and assessment processes provide reliable evidence of institutional effectiveness that clearly informs strategies for continuous improvement.
    • Core Component 2d
      All levels of planning align with the organization’s mission, thereby enhancing its capacity to fulfill that mission.
  • Criterion Three: Student Learning and Effective Teaching
    • Core Component 3a
      The organization’s goals for student learning outcomes are clearly stated for each educational program and make effective assessment possible.
    • Core Component 3b
      The organization values and supports effective teaching.
    • Core Component 3c
      The organization creates effective learning environments.
    • Core Component 3d
      The organization’s learning resources support student learning and effective teaching.
  • Criterion Four: Acquisition, Discivery, and Application of Knowledge
    • Core Component 4a
      The organization demonstrates, through the actions of its board, administrators, students, faculty, and staff, that it values a life of learning.
    • Core Component 4b
      The organization demonstrates that acquisition of a breadth of knowledge and skills and the exercise of intellectual inquiry are integral to its educational programs.
    • Core Component 4c
      The organization assesses the usefulness of its curricula to students who will live and work in a global, diverse, and technological society.
    • Core Component 4d
      The organization provides support to ensure that faculty, students, and staff acquire, discover, and apply knowledge responsibly.
  • Criterion Five: Engagement and Service
    • Core Component 5a
      The organization learns from the constituencies it serves and analyzes its capacity to serve their needs and expectations.
    • Core Component 5b
      The organization has the capacity and the commitment to engage with its identified constituencies and communities.
    • Core Component 5c
      The organization demonstrates its responsiveness to those constituencies that depend on it for service.
    • Core Component 5d
      Internal and external constituencies value the services the organization provides.