Fall edition of Prism online

Contact: Kerri Price

ALA Office for Accreditation

(312) 280-2436



For Immediate Release

October 26, 2009

The Fall 2009 edition of Prism: the newsletter from the ALA Office for Accreditation is now available at

Features include:

  • Accreditation actions taken at the July meeting in Chicago
  • From the Director: Outlook - Karen O'Brien provides an update on the Standards review process and introduces the five new members of Committee on Accreditation (COA)
  • From the COA Chair: Perspective - Vicki Gregory, new chair of the COA, discusses the COA perspective on the Standards revision process
  • Spotlight on Process and Policy - a new column focusing on an aspect of ALA accreditation process and policy. In this issue, Laura Dare discusses sample Program Presentations and ERP Reports and their use in the review process
  • News and Announcements - events and trainings at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, electronic communications from the Office and recruitment of External Review Panelists
  • External Review Panelists who served on reviews during spring 2009 are acknowledged
  • NCATE/AASL recognition news - programs receiving recognition during spring 2009 reviews and reviewers of program reports in spring 2009 are acknowledged; also, information on reviewer training at ALA Midwinter Meeting.