Unit 5 Report Writing
The final responsibility of the site visit team is to report its findings. The team utilizes the self-study document and information obtained throughout the site visit as sources for determination of the program's compliance with the Accreditation Standards. The team’s findings and conclusions are represented within two documents: the Site Visit Evaluation Report (SVER) and a written narrative report compiled by the site visit team.
The site visit team’s final report is carefully considered by the appropriate Commission Review Committee; the Review Committee makes recommendations on the report to the full Commission. Review Committees are comprised of discipline-specific experts and Commission members who are responsible for making recommendations related to accreditation status (see Unit 1). It is very important to remember the site visit report is the only record of the site visit available to the Commission's Review Committees and will be used as a basis for a recommendation of accreditation status for the program. The site visit team report is the Commission's source of information for accreditation decisions. The Review Committee does not review the self-study documents or visit the program. Therefore, the report must contain enough background information and details to allow the Review Committee members to make accurate and appropriate recommendations to the Commission.
In addition to its role within the accreditation process, the team’s final report serves to guide officials and administrators of the educational institutions in making appropriate changes toward compliance with accreditation standards. The report provides the basis for recommendations and assists the program in identifying what will be required to demonstrate compliance.