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What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is an annual assessment process implemented in 2004-2005.  It is a comprehensive review and assessment of all facets of chapter operations and is a key process in the development and maintenance of chapter standards. Chapters are required to submit an annual report and conduct a presentation to a panel of faculty, staff, students and alumni.  Throughout the academic year, undergraduate chapters receive significant training and coaching related to the Accreditation process. Chapters are rated and given feedback through reports and chapter development questions that they are encouraged to consider in their planning for the following year. 


2020-2021 Accreditation Updates

Given the impact the COVID pandemic has had on our community and chapter operations, OFSA has elected to alter Accreditation for 2020-2021. 

For the 2020-2021 academic year, chapters will not be assessed based on Accredited with Excellence, Accredited, Unaccredited or Unacceptable. Instead, each area will be assessed by a panel of students, faculty, staff and advisors. The combined average will produce a numerical average value signifying Exceptional, Above Average, and Average. This is not only based on performance, but also on effort made to prioritize these essential areas during a pandemic in lieu of more traditional efforts. 

2020-2021 Year End Evaluation Report Areas

  1. Prioritization of membership engagement & accountability
  2. Dedication to educational initiatives & chapter priorities
  3. Commitment to diversity, inclusion & equity
  4. Ability to adapt and implement creative and innovative methods
  5. Emphasis on new member education and the onboarding of Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 new members

Chapters will be given an opportunity to select their panel interview date. Interview dates will occur between April 15th and April 30th. The selected interview date will determine when the Year End Evaluation Report is due. OFSA will share the report template with each chapter no later than November 6th and intends the format to be similar to the 2019-2020 Year End Report from last year. In order to provide time for the panel to review the report prior to the interview, it will be due to OFSA one week prior. During the interview, the chapter will be responsible for covering each topic with the panel and answering questions from the panelists. The panel will then have an opportunity to deliberate and submit their final evaluation to the OFSA Assistant Director (AD). The OFSA AD will produce a final evalutation to be shared with the chapter and publicly on the website by June 15, 2021.