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Division 8. Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Chapter 5. Approved Programs Article 3. Other Program Approval Procedures. Subarticle 3. Cost Recovery Fees for Program Approval and Accreditation. Definitions.   

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As used in this subarticle, the following terms shall have the meanings as set forth below:

(a) ?Board of Institutional Review member? is an individual who has successfully completed the Commission-provided training detailed in the Accreditation Handbook Chapter Eleven, Board of Institutional Review Member Skills and Competencies (rev. 2012), available on the Commission's website and hereby incorporated by reference.

(b) ?Focused site visit? is a site visit requested by the Committee on Accreditation when it is determined that the professional preparation program is not complying with the accreditation system activities specified in the Accreditation Handbook Chapter Four, The Accreditation Cycle (rev. 2012), available on the Commission's website and hereby incorporated by reference.

(c) ?Initial institutional approval? is granted by the Committee on Accreditation when an institution that has not previously prepared educators for certification in California has been deemed to meet the accreditation requirements as explained in the Accreditation Handbook Chapter Three, Institutional and Program Approval (rev. 2012), available on the Commission's website and hereby incorporated by reference.

(d) ?Initial program review? is the review of a professional preparation program's formal response to the program standards associated with a specific program type as explained in the Accreditation Handbook Chapter Three, Institutional and Program Approval (rev. 2012). Initial program review occurs when a professional preparation program intends to offer a new professional preparation program type or when the Commission revises program standards to such a significant degree that a professional preparation program must rewrite the program document.

(e) ?Institution? means any of the following categories of agencies which are authorized to seek initial institutional approval as defined in subsection (c) in order to submit a professional preparation program for approval and accreditation as defined in subsection (h):

(1) A California county superintendent of schools office;

(2) A California school district;

(3) A charter school as established in Education Code Section 47605;

(4) A regionally-accredited college or university;

(5) A non-governmental or community-based organization.

(f) ?Late review? refers to the submission of a Biennial Report, as defined in the Accreditation Handbook Chapter Five, Biennial Reports (rev. 2012), available on the Commission's website and hereby incorporated by reference, and/or a Program Assessment, as defined in Chapter Six, Program Assessment (rev. 2012), available on the Commission's website and hereby incorporated by reference, after the deadline established pursuant to the Accreditation Handbook Chapter Four, The Accreditation Cycle (rev. 2012).

(g) ?Program Assessment? is a process that occurs in year four of the seven year accreditation cycle and requires professional preparation programs to submit to the Commission a clear description of how a program is operating as explained in the Accreditation Handbook Chapter Six, Program Assessment (rev. 2012).

(h) ?Professional preparation program? refers to an institution that has been approved by the Commission and accredited by the Committee on Accreditation to offer a program which leads to the issuance of teaching credentials, services credentials, specialist credentials, added authorizations, or certificates.

(i) ?Site revisit? is an accreditation visit that is conducted as a result of an action taken by the Committee on Accreditation to place stipulations on the accreditation of a professional preparation program as detailed in the Accreditation Handbook Chapter Fifteen, The Accreditation Revisit (rev. 2012), available on the Commission's website and hereby incorporated by reference.

(j) ?Site visit? is an accreditation visit conducted in the seventh year of the accreditation cycle as specified in the Accreditation Handbook Chapter Four, The Accreditation Cycle (rev. 2012).

(k) ?Standard accreditation cycle? refers to the seven-year accreditation cycle specified in the Accreditation Handbook Chapter Four, The Accreditation Cycle (rev. 2012).

(l) ?Stipulations? are placed on the accreditation of a professional preparation program by the Committee on Accreditation when it is determined that one or more applicable common and/or program standards have not been met or have been met with concerns as explained in the Accreditation Handbook Chapter Eight, Accreditation Decisions: Options and Implications (rev. 2012), available on the Commission's website and hereby incorporated by reference.

Authority cited:

Education Code 44225

Reference:

Education Code 44225(h)

Education Code 44370

Education Code 44371

Education Code 44372

Education Code 44373(c)

Education Code 44374

(Added by Register 2014, No. 6.)