The process for applying for ASPA Membership
ASPA Membership Application
Membership Eligibility Criteria
For ASPA Membership, the accrediting organization must:
- Demonstrate that it meets ASPA’s definition of Specialized or Professional and the supporting definitions (see list of definitions);
- Endorse the ASPA Code of Good Practice; and
- Submit the application and other required materials with the application fee of $500.00.
If the membership criteria are met and the applicant is accepted into membership by the ASPA Board of Directors, the term of membership will continue as long as the organization is a member in good standing.
Membership is contingent upon payment of current dues.
Annual dues for July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 are $4700 + ($8.00 x number of institutions that sponsor accredited programs, capped at 500 units). Dues will be pro-rated based on the date of approval for membership. (dues memo)
Use this form to submit a membership application. Applications must address each of the following criteria. The application is reviewed by the Membership Committee, which may seek clarifying information from the applicant prior to formalizing a recommendation to the ASPA Board of Directors for review and action.
Applications must be signed by the chief executive or chief operating officer of the accrediting agency (staff) and the chief elected officer. The agency must describe how it meets ASPA’s definition of specialized or professional and the supporting definitions (see definitions-specialized-professional).
Demonstrate that the organization’s governing body has endorsed the ASPA Code of Good Practice.
Indicate: a) the nature and scope of accrediting activity, b) the date when the first program/institution was granted accreditation, and c) the number of programs currently accredited.
Provide the names and titles of the principal staff and the decision-making body, including: a) the affiliations of council/commission members and b) the frequency of meetings.
Provide evidence of adherence to good accreditation practice by submitting:
- i. Documentation (policies/procedures) that describes how the organization (see rubric for guidance):
- conducts its accreditation process
- establishes and revises accreditation standards
- makes decisions on accreditation actions
- demonstrates respect for institutional autonomy and academic freedom
- selects and trains reviewers
- promotes assessment and continuous quality improvement of accredited programs
- provides public information about accredited programs
- responds to complaints
- ii. A copy of the accreditation standards or evaluation criteria.
- iii. A listing of organizations that recognize or require its accreditation activity (i.e. Certification Bodies, Licensing Boards etc.)
Complete all sections of the application form including clear indications of where evidence can be found in supporting documentation.
Submit the application:
- i. Mail the non-refundable application fee check for $500 to:
ASPA, 3023 North Clark Street, #317, Chicago IL 60657. (applicants may request electronic payment option by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- ii. Email an electronic version of all documents in a single bookmarked PDF to email@example.com.
Applicants will pay dues that are pro-rated based on the date of approval for membership.
Reinstatement of Lapsed Membership
If the organization pays the current fiscal year dues no later than July 31 of the first year, reinstatement will occur with no financial penalty or need to reapply following the membership application process.
If membership has lapsed for more than one year, the organization must reapply according to ASPA’s then-current membership application process.
(Effective October 2020)
See a full list of accreditors who are members of ASPA and the professions and fields of study for which they set quality standards.
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