ARC-PA Accreditation Status
North Central College's MSPAS program is in development, and has applied to the ARC-PA for Accreditation-Provisional. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of the proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. The NC MSPAS program will have its Accreditation-Provisional site visit on July 8-9th, 2021 and its status will be voted upon by the ARC-PA at the September, 2021 meeting. Since the accreditation decision is expected to occur within the 2021-2022 CASPA cycle, the program may participate as a developing program. All CASPA applicants to the North Central College's developing MSPAS program will be notified within 48 hours of the ARC-PA decision as to whether Accreditation-Provisional is granted. Should the program not receive accreditation-provisional at the September, 2021 ARC-PA commission meeting, we will notify all applicants within 48 hours and the deposit will be returned within 7 days.
North Central College anticipates matriculating its first class in January, 2022 pending achieving provisional accreditation status at the September, 2021 ARC-PA meeting.