Resources for external review panelists

Training for External Review Panelists

New and experienced ERP pool members are invited and encouraged to attend. Participants will learn about the role of ERP members in the ALA accreditation process, as well as the comprehensive review process and timeline; hear from experienced panelists; and work in a group to analyze a sample Self-Study. Sessions will focus on one Standard of the 2015 ALA Standards for Accreditation. Participation in a training session is a prerequisite for serving on a review panel. Currently assigned ERPs are especially encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Kerri Price.

The next External Review Panelist (ERP) general training session will be held on Friday, June 23, 8:00 am – 12 noon, at the Hilton Chicago, during ALA's 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Please note: This session is at capacity and cannot accomodate any more attendees. 

Training for External Review Panel Chairs

Experienced reviewers (two or more reviews) who are interested in serving as an ERP Chair are encouraged to attend. Program representatives who are interested in learning more about the comprehensive review process are also encouraged to attend.

The next ERP Chair training session will be held at the ALA 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver, on Friday, February 9, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, location to be determined. For more information, contact Kerri Price.

Become a member of the External Review Panel (ERP) pool

The Office for Accreditation seeks library and information professionals with an interest in providing quality assurance for ALA Accreditation of master’s level library and information studies programs to participate in the accreditation process as External Review Panelists. External Review Panelists need not be ALA members. Please see ERP service information for timeline, responsibilities, and typical activities.

Please note, established panelists should submit their contact information changes to accred@ala.org.

General information

  • Accreditation process overview (pdf) - The information in this document was prepared through the collaborative effort of 15 accrediting agencies to give you an overview of what is involved in accrediting academic programs at colleges, schools and universities. It will provide you with information and activities to help you learn what you need to know to participate on a site team or prepare for an accreditation visit at your institution. It is meant to supplement, not supersede, information presented in AP3 and at ALA ERP training sessions.

Accreditation standards, policies, and procedures

  • Accreditation standards, policies, and procedures - 2008 and 2015 Standards for Accreditation and Accreditation Process, Policies and Procedures (AP3). Includes the Standards with numbered paragraphs and space for notes in both table format (Word) and spreadsheet format (Excel). Section III of AP3 provides specific guidelines for the External Review Panel.

Additional information and resources for assigned panelists

Resources for ERP chairs