Okay – I don’t really mean that! Of course it is what you know. But there are two points I want to make clear here.
First: Interpretation is often the key to how or what gets approved for credit. While the rules may be specifically written in one way, in actual practice they may be applied in a different way. Gaining an understanding of where the application may differ from the actual is very important. This comes with time and practice.
Second: Your relationships with the directors, administrators, and staff at each of the accrediting agencies with whom you will be dealing is critically important. You will have questions – there are always questions! If you have someone to whom you can go for clarification, both your program and the accrediting agency itself will be happier.
Eliminating the back and forth, the miscues, the errors, is much simpler with a quick call or email to get the required information. You can also get more timely information on changes in the rules or regulations. Opening up regular communication with these individuals will ensure that your accreditation program is as up-to-date as you can be.