Reaccreditation Process and Timeline
The re-accreditation process corresponds closely with the initial accreditation process. This process provides an opportunity for the EHAC Council to review the accredited program and work with Program Directors to ensure that EHAC guidelines and requirements are being observed and that students are receiving quality, science based instruction and practical experience.
Unique to the Re-accreditation Process is the requirement for both undergraduate and graduate programs to complete an Outcome Assessment Survey.
|July 1||Accreditation Cycle Begins||Explanation|
|July 1||Accreditation Cycle Begins||Explanation|
|July 15||Undergraduate and Graduate Program Chairs notify programs of their accreditation status via letters||During the Fall prior to the accreditation termination date (6 year term), programs will receive a letter requesting a signed application signifying intent of program to initiate the reaccreditation process|
|August 15||Accreditation Notification||Programs scheduled to seek reaccreditation are notified by Undergraduate or Graduate Chair no later than August 15 of reaccreditation requirements (submission of a Self-Study and scheduling of a Site Visit, completion of an Outcomes Assessment Survey and Annual Update Survey), reaccreditation fees and due dates.|
|September 15||Reaccreditation Extension Requests Due||Programs requiring an extension must make their request by September 15|
|September 15||Outcome Assessment Survey Links Mailed to Program Directors||Reaccrediting programs must complete and Outcomes Assessment Survey via a Survey Monkey link sent from the EHAC office|
|October 1||Reaccreditation Application Form Due, Reaccreditation Fee and Annual Accreditation Fee Invoiced||Programs interested in seeking reaccreditation need to submit their signed reaccreditation application no later than October 1. Reaccrediting programs will be invoiced on October 1. All programs will be invoiced for their annual accreditation fee on October 1, as well|
|November 1||Annual EHAC Accreditation Dues Due||Reaccrediting programs must pay a reaccreditation fee of $500. All EHAC accredited programs must pay annual accreditation dues - $1,150 for one program, $1,380 for two programs (undergraduate and graduate programs)|
|December 1||Submission deadline for Self-Studies and Outcomes Assessment||Self-Study Reports and Outcomes Assessment Surveys are due no later than December 1 prior to the summer Annual Meeting of the EHAC Council. Please see the Calendar for specific meeting dates.|
|December 15||Self Studies are posted on nehspac.org website|
|December 31||Site Visit scheduling deadline||Site Visits must be scheduled for a date in February or March of the upcoming year.|
|January 1||Primary Self-Study Reviews are due||All Primary Reviewers of Self-Studies must submit their comments by January 1|
|January 15||Annual Update Survey Links are Distributed to All Program Directors||All EHAC programs (undergraduate and graduate) must complete an Annual Update Survey via a Survey Monkey link provided by the EHAC office|
|February and March||Site Visits Occur||Site Visit Draft Report is due from Site Visitors a maximum of one week after the site visit takes place. Program Director reviews the site visit report, suggest appropriate corrections of fact, provides appendices as necessary and returns the site visit report within two weeks of receipt of the site visit team draft report. The final Site Visit Report and a PowerPoint slide show outlining strengths and weakness of candidate programs is due one week after receipt of Program Director suggestions for factual corrections|
|March 16||Deadline for Submission of Annual Update Surveys|
|April 30||Site Visits Completed|
|Maximum FOUR weeks after site visit occurs||Draft Site Visit Report Submitted to Program Director||Site visit team submits draft report to Program Director for their comments|
|Maximum TWO weeks after receipt of Draft Site Visit Report||Program Director Comment Period||Program Director reviews the Draft Site Visit Report and suggests appropriate corrections of fact. Program Director returns the edited Draft Site Visit Report with suggestions to the Site Visit Team Lead.|
|Maximum TWO weeks after receipt of suggestions for factual corrections.||Final Site Report Distributed for Council Review||Upon return to the Site Visit Lead, appropriate changes will be made and the document distributed to the entire Council, Site Visit team, EHAC Headquarters and the Program Director.|
|June/July||Reaccreditation Decisions||Re-accreditation decisions are voted upon by the EHAC Council at EHAC’s Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the National Environmental Health Association’s Annual Education Conference (NEHA AEC). Please see the Calendar for specific dates. Programs are notified of deliberation results four weeks after the annual meeting|
Outcomes Assessment Survey
Programs seeking re-accreditation must submit Outcomes Assessment data. The purpose of this survey is to determine how well EHAC’s required curriculum meets the needs of the environmental health profession. Outcomes Assessment surveys must be completed by recent graduates of accredited programs and by their supervisors. Survey results will not be used in determining a program’s accreditation status, but are an essential part of the reaccreditation process. The Council will use the survey results to evaluate and possibly modify the curriculum requirements to meet the evolving needs of the environmental health profession.
The surveys are conducted via Survey Monkey links that are provided by the EHAC office to the Program Director. We ask that the Program Director recruit recent graduates to complete the survey and recent graduates to recruit their supervisors for completion of the supervisor survey. The deadline for graduate and supervisor surveys is December 1st of the year prior to a programs accreditation expiration year. The survey results will be compiled by the EHAC office and survey results will be made available to the EHAC Council prior to the annual meeting which is held in July.
|Annual EHAC Accreditation and Re-accreditation Fees||Fee|
|Application for Initial Accreditation, one-time fee||$750|
|Application for Initial Accreditation second program, one-time fee||$750|
|Application for Re-accreditation (each program)||$500|
|Annual Accreditation Fee (For one program):||$1,150|
|Annual Accreditation Fee (For two programs – Undergraduate and Graduate)||$1,380|
|Site-Visitor Expenses Actual and reasonable - Site Visits take place upon initial accreditation and once every six years thereafter in conjunction with application for re-accreditation (for 2 site visitors – one academician and one practitioner):||$1,800 - $2,000+|