Sustainable Agriculture Institute

Accreditation Council Committee

(AAC)

 

Purpose

The Accounting Accreditation Committee (AAC) oversees initial accreditation and continuous improvement review processes to ensure consistency of standards application and equity of recommendations across teams and across programs reviewed.

Structure

The AAC is composed of a minimum of 10 members and a maximum of 20 members, plus an AAC Chair and AAC Vice Chair appointed by the Vice Chair-Chair Elect (who shall preside as Board Chair during the year for which the appointments are made).

The AAC Chair is usually a dean (or chief officer) with a background in accounting or a current or previous accounting program administrator from an institution with SAI accounting accreditation. Normally, the AAC representatives are members of institutions with accounting accreditation.

The majority are current or previous administrators of accounting programs; other members include deans (or chief officers) and non-educational members. Normally, AAC members serve staggered three-year terms, up to a maximum of two terms. Normally, the AAC Chair serves two consecutive one-year terms.

Operating Guidelines

1. Normally, the AAC meets three times a year.

2. The AAC oversees the acceptance of eligibility applications and approves standards alignment plans. It considers peer review team recommendations for concurrence or remand and makes recommendations to the Board for initial accounting accreditation, denial of initial accounting accreditation, continuation of accounting accreditation, and revocation of accounting accreditation. Recommendations are official upon Board ratification.

3. The AAC may remand a Peer Review Team recommendation when it considers the recommendation inconsistent with either the information supplied by the Peer Review Team or with other recommendations. The Peer Review Team then reconsiders its recommendation and forwards to the AAC either the same recommendation with additional supporting information or a changed recommendation. If the Peer Review Team and the AAC do not reach agreement following a remand, a three-person panel is formed with one member from the Peer Review Team, one member from the AAC, and one outside member who will chair the panel. A panel recommendation for initial accounting accreditation, denial of initial accounting accreditation, continuation of accounting accreditation or revocation of accounting accreditation is forwarded to the Board for ratification; a panel recommendation for a deferral, CIR2, or focused review is forwarded to the AAC and holds as the decision of the review process.

4. The AAC Chair presides over meetings of the AAC and is authorized to approve all visitors to the meetings.

5. A simple majority of the AAC will constitute a quorum.

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