On Monday, April 22, 2013, the Clinical Psy.D. Program at the Los Angeles campus submitted a self-study report to the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation (COA) for review consideration. The deadline for spring submissions is May 1, 2013 and the COA has received our submission, so our self-study has met the first criteria (submission in a timely manner). The document will undergo a preliminary review and will then go to the Commission, which will meet on July 17, 2013. The following excerpt from the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation’s Accreditation Operating Procedures1, explains the process that will ensue.
Upon receipt of an initial application for eligibility, “accredited, on contingency” or accreditation, the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation will confirm receipt of the required application fee. . .
The accreditation process for “accredited, on contingency” (internship and postdoctoral residency programs) or accreditation begins with a review by staff of the application in terms of the extent to which the materials include information responsive to the self-study instructions. Following review of the application for “accredited, on contingency” or accreditation, one of the following actions will be taken by staff:
a) Authorize a site visit after approval by CoA reviewers;
b) Defer authorization pending receipt of any missing self-study materials;
c) Refer to the CoA for full review. Following this review, the CoA may choose among the following decision options:
- Authorize a site visit (questions may be provided to the program and to the site visitors for consideration during the site visit);
- Defer authorization pending receipt of additional information and/or clarification of the self-study materials; or
- Deny a site visit (see Section 4.2(f)).
The CoA is solely responsible for selecting among the above actions in response to the review of the application.
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1Commission on Accreditation (2013). Accreditation Operation Procedures of the Commission on Accreditation. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/about/policies/operating-procedures.pdf