Become a Reviewer
* Reviewer Interest Session *
February 27, 1:00-1:30 p.m. EST
Are you interested in becoming an AAQEP reviewer but still have a few lingering questions before hitting upload on that application? Join us for a 30-minute webinar where you can learn more about the reviewer roles in the AAQEP system and ask questions of veteran reviewers.
Why Become a Reviewer?
Listen to AAQEP reviewers share their experiences about participating in peer review:
AAQEP welcomes applications for the following roles:
Responsible for providing feedback on programs’ Accreditation Proposals. After an initial context meeting with the proposal author, reviewers have approximately 2 months to collaborate and complete a review form with written comments. At the provider's discretion, a feedback exchange meeting may then be scheduled.
Quality Review Team (QRT) Members
Responsible for participating in both off-site and on-site components of the quality assurance review. Off-site meetings are held virtually, while site visits generally require 2-3 days of travel; all travel-related expenses are paid or reimbursed by the provider. For the off-site review, QRT members review an electronic copy of the program’s Quality Assurance Report and document evidence provided in the report. During the site visit, reviewers seek to probe and verify the assertions put forth in the Quality Assurance Report. Following the site visit, reviewers are also responsible for contributing to the Quality Review Team Report.
Quality Review Team (QRT) Leads
Responsible for leading both off-site and on-site components of the quality assurance review. Off-site meetings are held virtually, while site visits generally require 2-3 days of travel; all travel-related expenses are paid or reimbursed by the provider. Team leads organize and guide off-site meetings, facilitate the review of the program’s Quality Assurance Report, lead the site visit, and send the final QRT Report to AAQEP.
Initial Quality Review Team (IQRT) Members
Responsible for participating in a fully virtual review process for initial accreditation. Previsit review meetings are held virtually in the months leading up to the virtual visit, which lasts 2 days. Team members review an electronic copy of the program’s Initial Accreditation Report and document evidence provided in the report. During the virtual visit, reviewers seek to probe and verify the assertions put forth in the Initial Accreditation Report. Following the virtual visit, reviewers are also responsible for contributing to the Quality Review Team Report.
Initial Quality Review Team (IQRT) Leads
Responsible for leading both previsit preparation and site visit components of the initial accreditation review. Previsit review meetings are held virtually in the months leading up to the virtual visit, which lasts 2 days. Team Leads organize and guide previsit meetings, facilitate the review of the program’s Initial Accreditation Report, lead the virtual site visit, and send the team’s Quality Review Team Report to AAQEP.
How Do I Become a Reviewer?
Learn about AAQEP's reviewer roles and preparation process:
AAQEP Training: How It Works
AAQEP provides online professional learning to prepare volunteer reviewers for their specific role(s). You are eligible to work as a reviewer only after you have successfully completed the required training modules for your role:
|Required Training Modules
|1A, 1B, 5
|QRT & IQRT - Team Member
|1A, 1B, 2, 3
|QRT & IQRT - Team Lead
|1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4
To get started, please complete a quick online application and upload a resume/CV.
Questions? Contact Christine DeGregory, Director of Professional Learning.
A: Volunteering as a peer reviewer is an essential quality-assurance activity that benefits the profession. You also benefit personally, not only by building your professional service record but also by gaining a deeper understanding of the AAQEP model and its principles, developing a professional network with peers, and getting a close-up view of educator preparation in a variety of settings.
Active AAQEP reviewers (who have completed their training) are also eligible for a 50% discount on individual AAQEP membership.
A: Professional qualifications that are most relevant include:
- Teaching experience (P-12 and/or postsecondary) and/or teacher preparation
- Employment/participation in educator preparation and related activities, such as education leadership, school counseling, assessment, and accreditation
- Graduate-level research pertaining to the field of education, particularly educator preparation
A: No! AAQEP membership is not a requirement; all education professionals are encouraged to apply, and the current AAQEP reviewer pool consists of volunteers from member and nonmember programs. It also includes people who are active site visitors with other accrediting bodies as well as volunteers with no prior experience with accreditation reviews.
A: While completion time depends on the modules required for a particular reviewer role, initial training generally takes between 4 and 7 hours.
A: It depends on the type of role you’ve selected and on the current need for your particular areas of experience and expertise, as requested by the programs being reviewed. AAQEP staff match trained proposal reviewers to assignments approximately once per quarter; Quality Review Team members and leads are appointed once per semester.
A: We offer periodic touch points to help reinforce your training and enhance your readiness to serve. After completing the modules for any AAQEP volunteer role, you will receive a PDF companion guide for ongoing reference. Each semester we will hold a live webinar for reviewers to gear up for the coming semester, which is also open to other interested quality assurance reviewers. You also may request to observe an off-site review meeting or other elements of an accreditation review. Finally, as we currently need more proposal reviewers than other roles, you might consider engaging in that capacity if you have not matched with other reviewer needs.
"The spirit of collaboration and ‘critical friend’ stuck out for me. I felt inspired and more sure than ever that AAQEP was not just an accreditation body, but a space for mutual learning and celebration."
— AAQEP team lead
"Aside from learning about another institution, it was wonderful to connect with other professionals in the field."
— AAQEP team lead
"Personally, I was able to utilize my leadership skills that I do not use in my daily job. It allowed me to reflect on my current role at my institution and reminded me that I am a leader and need to continue seeking out opportunities. I truly felt appreciated and valued."
— AAQEP team lead