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Citations: (R)602.23
AsOfDate: 12/31/97

Sec. 602.23 Application of standards.

(a) To be listed by the Secretary as a nationally recognized accrediting agency, an accrediting agency must
demonstrate to the Secretary that it consistently applies and enforces written standards that ensure that the
education or training offered by an institution or program is of sufficient quality to achieve, for the duration of any
accreditation period granted by the agency, the stated objective for which it is offered.

(b) The Secretary considers that an accrediting agency meets the requirements of paragraph (a) of this section if--

(1) The agency's written standards and procedures for accreditation and preaccreditation, if that latter status is
offered, comply with the requirements of this part;

(2) The agency's preaccreditation standards, if offered, are appropriately related to the agency's accreditation
standards, with a limit on preaccreditation status of no more than five years for any institution or program;

(3) The agency's organizations, functions, and procedures include effective controls against the inconsistent
application of its criteria and standards;

(4) The agency bases its decisions regarding accreditation or preaccreditation on its published criteria; and

(5) The agency maintains a systematic program of review designed to ensure that its criteria and standards are valid
and reliable indicators of the quality of the education or training provided by the institutions or programs it
accredits and are relevant to the education or training needs of affected students.

(6) The agency demonstrates to the Secretary that, as a result of its program of review under paragraph (b)(5) of
this section, each of its standards provides--

(i) A valid measure of the aspects of educational quality it is intended to measure; and

(ii) A consistent basis for determining the educational quality of different institutions and programs.

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1099b)