Colorful spring flowers on the grounds of Miami University

Assurance Process

To be reaffirmed for accreditation, Miami University will undergo two processes:  

1. an assurance process and

2. an improvement process.

The assurance process requires the creation of an Assurance Argument that makes the case that the institution meets the criteria for accreditation. It also mandates the ongoing accumulation of electronically stored information or evidence which supports the claims made in the Assurance Argument. 

Criteria are broad statements which are applied to seek evidence of continual improvement, aspiration and best practices. Each criterion includes core components which identify particular and relevant areas of concern.

The five key criteria for accreditation are:

Criteria #1: The Institution's mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution's operations.

Criteria #2: The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.

Criteria #3: The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.

Criteria #4: The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.

Criteria #5: The institution's resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.