We are considering becoming accredited. What should we do to prepare?
There are many steps you can take to help you feel more prepared for the accreditation process:
-First, consider reaching out to MEAC to make contact with the Executive Director and/or the Accreditation Coordinators. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
-Second, MEAC has a program called MAST: Midwifery Accreditation Support Track, which offers mentoring and support components to help midwifery institutions/programs in the accreditation process. MAST also offers an Accreditation Doula, who you can reach out to for support and encouragement at email@example.com. On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/meacmastprogram/
-Third, thoroughly review the Accreditation Handbook http://meacschools.org/handbook/ published by MEAC. This offers a significant amount of useful information on the process of accreditation.
-Fourth, research! Topics that may help you to research include: best practices in midwifery education; curriculum and instruction; evaluation and strategic planning; diversity and equity in midwifery education; higher education administration and student services; program management; non-profit management; faculty development; and financial management.
When can we take the next step to begin the process for applying for accreditation?
Now is the best time to take the next step! Reach out to MEAC staff firstname.lastname@example.org to determine what your next step should be – taking a workshop on the accreditation process and/or beginning the documentation for your Self-Evaluation Report.
What is a Self-Evaluation Report (SER)?
The Self-Evaluation Report (SER) is a comprehensive, detailed report prepared by the institution/program addressing each of the standards and associated benchmarks. The SER follows the structure of the MEAC Standards. Each standard is measured by a series of benchmarks. You will be asked to demonstrate how your institution meets the benchmark by responding to specific instructions such as provide a description, report the results, describe the process, etc.
What is the difference between accreditation and pre-accreditation?
To apply for accreditation, institutions or programs must have graduated at least four students — the majority of whom are licensed or certified midwives or are working in midwifery or a related field. Institutions or programs that do not meet these criteria may apply for pre-accreditation, but must otherwise meet the same standards as those set for institutions or programs seeking accreditation.