Continuous improvement is necessary to respond to stakeholder feedback, program performance results, the dynamic and evolving nature of the management of projects, and teaching and learning practices.
The GAC Directors engaged in assessment, research, benchmarking, and deliberation through face-to-face and virtual meetings, culminating in consensus on the Draft Handbook, 5th Edition Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards.
Summary of Changes
Enhanced Eligibility Requirements: To expand GAC scope to include academic, credit-bearing certificate programs, two-year undergraduate programs, and international higher education differences
Infused Continuous Improvement: To incorporate Standards 7 by embedding continuous improvement in all standards
Clarify expectations: Make clear the requirement to provide evidence
Update Requirements: In line with the evolving nature of the management of projects
As part of standard practice in higher education accreditation, the GAC invites public comment from GAC stakeholders througha survey. Comments will be reviewed and considered by the GAC Directors, before final adoption of any changes. The finalized Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards will be published in Handbook, 5th Edition in 2023 and the GAC will communicate the effective date and timeline for implementation.