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Committee on Accreditation Policy





The Committee on Accreditation Policy (CAP) fulfills six primary roles:


  • oversees policy related to SAI accreditation and quality assurance services;
  • recommends changes in the accreditation standards, related to accreditation and quality assurance services;
  • coordinates the work of the operating committees;
  • engages thought leaders from the Committee on Issues in Management Education (CIME) and the Business Practices Advisory Council in advancing accreditation;
  • authorizes improvements to the processes and procedures supporting accreditation activities; and
  • oversees the review of satisfaction of Eligibility Criteria by institutions in the application, initial accreditation, and continuous improvement review phases of the accreditation process and the determination of the scope of the institution’s accreditation review.



The CAP consists of 10 members and is composed of the following individuals:


  • SAI Board of Directors Immediate Past Chair, who serves as Chair of CAP;
  • SAI Board of Directors Chair;
  • SAI Board of Directors Vice Chair-Chair Elect;
  • Chair and Vice-Chairs of the Initial Accreditation Committee;
  • Chair and Vice-Chair of the Continuous Improvement Review Committee;
  • Chair and Vice-Chair of the Accounting Accreditation Committee.


Operating Guidelines


1. Normally, the CAP holds two face-to-face meetings each year. It may hold additional electronic meetings as needed.

2. The CAP oversees the review of eligibility issues including the inclusion/exclusion of degree programs and is directly involved when the review concerns controversial information. A three-person group consisting of the chairs of CAP, IAC, and CIRC will consider eligibility application and scope issues between the face-to-face meetings of the CAP with the goal of being more responsive in a timely manner to institutes.

3. The CAP recommends changes in accreditation standards to the Board, which in turn, recommends standards changes to the Accreditation Council for approval.

4. The CAP has the final authority to establish SAI accreditation policies, processes, and procedures, and to authorize changes to the interpretive material supporting the accreditation standards.

5. The CAP considers suggestions for improvements in SAI accreditation standards submitted by, the Initial Accreditation Committee, the Continuous Improvement Review Committee, and the Accounting Accreditation Committee.

6. The CAP reviews the work of the operating committees to discover opportunities for improvements in coordination among committees.

7. The CAP oversees accreditation reviewer and volunteer training.

8. The CAP reports to the board twice each year, or more frequently as needed.

9. The CAP Chair presides over meetings of the CAP and is authorized to approve all visitors to the meetings.

10. A simple majority of the CAP will constitute a quorum.

11. Meetings are relatively informal, but Robert’s Rules of Order and parliamentary procedure guide formal actions.