Resources for programs seeking initial accreditation

Precandidacy advice (pdf)
For programs submitting an application for precandidacy. Suggestions from the Office resulting from previous Committee on Accreditation decisions and based on Accreditation Process, Policies and Procedures (AP3).

Precandidacy application information (pdf)
Suggested sections and length for the Precandidacy Application.

Application supporting documents:
Template letter for precandidacy application from chief academic officer of the program (doc)
Template letter for precandidacy application from chief executive officer of the institution (doc)
Precandidacy application declaration (doc)
Precandidacy application waiver form (doc)
Candidacy application waiver form (doc)

Timeline example for seeking precandidacy and candidacy status (pdf)

Glossary of ALA accreditation-related terms

Accreditation Standards, policies and procedures
2008 Standards for Accreditation and Accreditation Process, Policies and Procedures (AP3). Includes Excel spreadsheets of the Standards with numbered paragraphs and space for notes.

Required reporting for programs in precandidacy and candidacy status

Office for Accreditation contact information