Welcome, AAQEP Volunteers!
We greatly appreciate your willingness to serve as a reviewer in the AAQEP system. Your generosity and expertise are our most essential asset!
AAQEP welcomes applications for volunteers to fill the following roles:
Responsible for providing feedback on programs’ Accreditation Proposals. Upon receiving a proposal, proposal reviewers will have approximately two months to complete a review form with written comments; a feedback exchange meeting with the provider will follow.
Responsible for participating in both off-site and on-site components of the quality assurance/accreditation review process. 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. Following the site visit, reviewers are also responsible for contributing to the Quality Review Team Report.
Responsible for leading both off-site and on-site components of the quality assurance/accreditation review process. 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 the off-site meeting, facilitate the review of the program’s Quality Assurance Report, lead the site visit, and send the final QRT Report to AAQEP.
The Accreditation Commission convenes virtually throughout the year to discuss and vote on programs’ cases for accreditation based on each program’s Quality Assurance Report and the corresponding QRT Report.
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:
- Proposal Reviewers: Modules 1A, 1B, & 5
- Quality Assurance Reviewers: Modules 1A, 1B, 2, & 3
- Quality Review Team Leads: Modules 1A, 1B, 2, 3, & 4
Volunteer Training FAQs
Q: What are the benefits of serving as a volunteer reviewer?
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.
Q: Do I have to be part of an AAQEP member institution or have prior accreditation experience to be a reviewer?
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. They also include people who are active site visitors with other accrediting bodies as well as volunteers with no prior experience with accreditation reviews.
Q: How long does the training take?
A: While completion time depends on the modules required for a particular reviewer role, training generally takes between 4 and 7 hours.
Q: Once I complete the training modules, when can I expect to receive a reviewer assignment?
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 volunteers to roles on this approximate schedule:
|Proposal Reviewer||Each quarter|
|Quality Review Team Member||Each semester|
|Quality Review Team Lead||Each semester|
Q: How can I keep my training fresh if I’m not matched right away for the role I selected?
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.