GAC Reaffirmation of Accreditation ProcessĀ 

  1. Eighteen months prior to the accredited program’s cycle expiration date, GAC sends a Letter of Request for Intent to Renew GAC Accreditation to the accredited program(s).
  2. Programs planning to renew their GAC accreditation must complete a Letter of Intent.
    1. The program prepares and submits the Letter of Intent through the accreditation portal.
    2. See Apply for Accreditation for the Letter of Intent template to use as a guide.
    3. Any newly developed programs to be considered for accreditation may be included in this process.
  3. The documentation must be submitted at least 15 months prior to the expiration of the program’s current accreditation cycle. The submitted Letter of Intent is reviewed by the GAC and permission is granted for the program to move forward in the GAC accreditation reaffirmation process.
  4. The program has six months to develop its Self-Assessment Report.
    1. The program prepares and submits the Self-Assessment Report through the accreditation portal.
    2. See Apply for Accreditation for the Self-Assessment Report template to use as a guide.
  5. Once the Self-Assessment Report is submitted, the next steps are:
    1. Self-Assessment Report review, discussion, and decision by the GAC Directors.
    2. The Visit Evaluation.
    3. GAC Accreditation Decision.
  6. Programs seeking reaffirmation of accreditation may be granted GAC accreditation for a maximum period of five (5) years. Upon grant of reaffirmation, the program's new GAC accreditation cycle would commence on the anniversary date of its original accreditation.
  7. The program would then move forward with its continuing accreditation responsibilities for the remainder of the accreditation cycle, including the payment of any fees on the anniversary of its original accreditation, the submission of the annual report, and any applicable Progress Reports on Requirements as described in the Decision Letter.
  8. Please refer to the program fee schedule posted on the Apply for Accreditation section of the GAC website for specific fees associated with each step of the accreditation process.