TIP: Professional learning events are another great resource!
Visit our Member Events page for an overview of the workshops, webinars, and other activities to support your accreditation journey.
Templates Used by the Quality Review Team
Site Visit FAQs
Q: How many reviewers are on a typical site visit team, and how long is the team on campus?
A: Quality Review Teams normally range in size from 3 to 5 individuals, varying to meet the size and complexity of the program(s) under review. Each team includes a local practitioner, a team lead, and at least one other peer reviewer. Teams are generally on site for 2 to 3 days (see Sample Site Visit Schedule).
Q: What is a local practitioner and why does each site visit team include one?
A: A local practitioner is a practicing or recently retired educator who is nominated by the provider to serve on the Quality Review Team. The local practitioner completes AAQEP’s volunteer training (Modules 1 and 3) and is a full member of the review team, contributing a deep knowledge of the providers’ programs, local school dynamics, and the state education system.
Q: What does a site visit cost?
A: Site visit costs include a flat fee of $10,000 (through the 2021-22 academic year) plus travel expenses for members of the Quality Review Team.
The flat site visit fee covers review-related staff time, volunteer training, technology, and administration costs. Half of the fee is paid a year in advance to secure the visit dates; the other half is due 30 days prior to the visit.
The travel costs are invoiced after the visit and include QRT members’ airfare and/or ground transportation, incidentals, lodging, and meals, in accordance with AAQEP’s travel policy.
Note that a provider’s outstanding invoices must be paid in full before the Accreditation Commission will issue a decision.
Q: If I decide to write more than one Quality Assurance Report, how does that affect my site visit cost?
A: Multiple QARs can be reviewed in the same visit, which means you will pay just one site visit fee. But each QAR generally requires its own review team, and even a complex single QAR may require an additional member or two on a team—which means your travel expenses may be higher than those for providers with a single QAR and simpler review.