Standard One: Organization and Administration

The organization and administration of the institution reflect the professional and academic competence of those in leadership positions and ensure ethical practice and academic quality controls in the governance of the program(s) offered.

Criteria

The following criteria are used by professional staff members and evaluation committees as indicators of compliance for the standard.

  1. The institution ensures that:
  • the chief executive officer, trustees, owners, administrators, supervisors, staff, and instructors:

o          are of good reputation and character;

o          list and can document only degree credentials from institutions nationally or regionally accredited by an agency recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education; for those educated outside the United States, additional documentation of education must be provided, including evaluation by an approved credential evaluation service;

  • each educational director meets the requirements established by NPEC for such position.
  1. The institution has filed a formal application with NPEC, including fees, assurances, and a catalog which includes but is not limited to:
  • the designation of the degree(s) and/or program(s) that it proposes to offer;
  • a copy of its enrollment agreement and/or student contract (required for certificate offered by any institution);
  • a published organizational structure of the institution, e.g., manuals, functional administrative councils, faculty committees and student committees;
  • documentation that its programs have academic requirements comparable to similar programs at other institutions;
  • documentation that it has direct control over and responsibility for all aspects of programs offered, including faculty, administration, curriculum, instruction and admissions.
  1. The non-profit institution can prove that it has a legally constituted governing body (e.g., board of directors) that has legal responsibility for the operation of the institution and:
  • publishes names of individuals making up the governing body;
  • maintains records of all official meetings.

OR

The for-profit institution can prove that it is legally incorporated and:

  • can provide the names of all owners, officers and major stockholders;
  • maintains records of all official meetings.
  1. The institution provides an orientation for each new employee which includes:
  • familiarization with the institution and its objectives;
  • institutional policies and procedures;
  • institutional policy regarding ethics in recruiting and customer service;
  • compensation and benefits;
  • job requirements.
  1. The institution can document that the qualifications of directors, administrators, supervisors and instructors meet the educational qualifications established by NPEC.
  1. The degree-granting institution has designated a director who is responsible for the administration of the institution and has sufficient education and experience including the following qualifications that can be documented:
  • an earned baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education (for an individual that has been educated outside the United States, additional documentation of education must be provided including evaluation by an approved credential evaluation service);
  • at least one year of actual administrative or supervisory experience;
  • at least two years of applied work experience or training/education.

OR

The certificate-granting institution has designated a director who:

  • is responsible for the administration of the institution and has sufficient education and experience including at least two of the following qualifications that can be documented:

o          an earned baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an agency   recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education (for an individual that has been educated outside the United States, additional documentation of education must be provided including evaluation by an approved credential evaluation service);

o          has at least two years of actual administrative or supervisory experience involving:

  • the development of a curriculum sufficient to prepare students for specific job entry levels;
  • the selection of an instructional staff competent in subject matter and teaching techniques to implement the curriculum;

o          at least two years of applied work experience involving the same responsibilities and training or education in educational administration and methods as well as sound business practices.

  1. The institution’s administrators, directors, owners, and instructors are qualified to perform their duties by documented evidence of training, preparation and experience.
  2. The degree-granting institution employs a full-time chief academic officer who:
  • is responsible for the educational program(s);
  • holds a doctoral degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education or a degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education higher than any degree awarded by the institution (for an individual that has been educated outside the United States, additional documentation of education must be provided including evaluation by an approved credential evaluation service).

OR

The certificate-granting institution employs a full-time educational program supervisor who:

  • is responsible for the educational program(s);
  • has a higher level of credential or training than that which is being offered and has at least three of the following qualifications:

o          Two years teaching experience in a specific field for which training is offered at the institution;

o          two years employment as a supervisor in a specific field for which training is offered at the institution;

o          a relevant baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education (for an individual that has been educated outside the United States, additional documentation of education must be provided including evaluation by an approved credential evaluation service);

o          at least two years of related work experience in a field for which training is offered at the institution;

o          experience in designing, managing, and supervising instructional programs.

  1. The degree-granting institution offering graduate programs ensures that:
  • adequate provisions have been made for a separate identity for the graduate programs(s) under the direction of a designated administrative officer who has sufficient education and experience to perform such duties;
  • appropriate policies and regulations that affect the graduate curricula and requirements are formulated by the graduate faculty.