Transition Calendar

The Transition Calendar for Accredited Institutions outlines the transition from the present decennial oversight process to the new septennial process. It will take several years for the conversion to be completed. The sequence and timing of events varies by institution, since it is determined by the length of time since the institution's most recent comprehensive evaluation. For most institutions the first cycle of oversight will be shorter than seven years.

Accredited institutions scheduled for comprehensive evaluations in 2010 will be evaluated under the current standards and process. Accredited institutions scheduled for comprehensive evaluations in 2011 have the option of being evaluated under the current standards or revised standards. Accredited institutions scheduled for comprehensive evaluations in 2012 and beyond will be evaluated under the revised standards and process. They will also submit Year One Reports in 2011. Candidate institutions scheduled for comprehensive interim candidacy evaluations in 2012 and beyond will be evaluated under the revised standards. The Evaluation Schedule of Accreditation Reports and Visits (revised 5/3/2012) lists specific timelines and requirements for all accredited institutions. The Septennial Cycle Events and Costs Analysis document provides analysis and estimate of institutional events and costs for the seven-year process.

The transition calendar for candidate institutions is available via in the Transition Calendar for Candidate Institutions matrix. The Transition Calendar by Candidate Institution matrix lists specific timelines and requirements for all candidate institutions.

The sequence and timing of events during the transition to the seven-year accreditation cycle is determined by the length of time since the institution's most recent comprehensive evaluation. For most institutions the first cycle of events will be compressed into fewer than seven years. The conversion algorithm used to schedule institutional reports and visits helps to ensure the integrity of the accreditation process by documenting that institutions go no longer than ten (10) years between comprehensive evaluations—the length of the accreditation cycle currently recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.