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Proposed Timeline:

  • Fall 2016
    • Complete first draft of Self-Study, sections I, II, and IV
    • Identify any needed changes in curriculum, facilities, equipment, etc.
  • Spring 2017
    • Address any needed changes identified above
    • Edit draft of Self-Study, sections I, II, and IV
    • Complete first draft of Self-Study, section III
  • Fall 2017
    • Submit Self-Study to administration for feedback
    • Follow up on changes in progress
    • Further editing of Self-Study
  • Spring 2018
    • Final Edit of Self-Study
    • Submit to Visitors and to NASM at least four weeks prior visit
    • Visit (exact dates not yet scheduled)
  • Fall 2018
    • Receive Visitors' Report
    • Prepare Optional Response
  • Spring or Summer 2019
    • Receive Notice of Commission on Accreditation Action
  • Fall 2019 and beyond
    • Follow up on any requests for further information related to deferrals
  • 2027-28
    • Next NASM Visit

NASM Handbook

From the Procedures for the Self-Study Document, page A-6:

The Handbook contains Standards, Guidelines, Benchmarks, Norms, Recommendations, and the like. Each institution must demonstrate compliance with all applicable standards in the Handbook, which are indicated by words such as “must,” “shall,” “standard,” and/or “essential competency.” Attention to Guidelines, Benchmarks, Norms, and Recommendations is required. Helpful information regarding language use and interpretation may be found in the NASM Handbook (Standards and Guidelines for Accredited Institutional Membership, III.). Handbook users should be aware of these important distinctions.

Note that there can be slight changes in the standards each fall during the annual meeting. We will be responsible for the standards that are implemented in the fall of 2016 and 2017.