Accreditation Process, Policies and Procedures (AP3), third edition
The Accreditation Process, Policies and Procedures (AP3), third edition, is used in conjunction with the Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies to guide the American Library Association (ALA) accreditation process. It is provided for use and reference by program and institutional representatives, members of the ALA Committee on Accreditation (COA, the Committee), and External Review Panelists. Previous editions of this manual were published in 2003 and 2006.
This document is regularly reviewed for revision by Office for Accreditation staff. Substantive changes to process, policy or procedure are approved by COA and will be communicated through notifications on the Office for Accreditation web pages, in the Prism newsletter, and via email to program representatives. Updates that are editorial in nature will not be reported.
Each section below has its own table of contents with links to the subsections. The left navigation on this page also has links to the various sections and subsections. Printed copies of AP3 are no longer offered. A printable PDF of the third edition is available.
Questions about the accreditation process as administered by the American Library Association’s Committee on Accreditation should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The role of accreditation, accreditation terms, Committee on Accreditation, Office for Accreditation, confidentiality and conflicts of interest, accreditation status categories and procedures, types of reviews, and program reporting requirements.
Purpose of the Program Presentation (PP), Plan for the PP, PP format requirements, suggested evidence for meeting the Standards for Accreditaiton, and PP development timeline.
Role and responsibilities of External Review Panel (ERP) and ERP Chair, composition of the ERP, exit briefing, ERP report, and timeline for site visit and ERP report.
Introduction to appeal process, grounds for appeal, burden of proof, procedure overview, confidentiality, Appeal Review Committee (ARC), appeal process details, specifics of the ARC meeting, role of the ALA Executive Board, and appeal process timeline and deadlines.