ACCREDITED PROGRAMS: HOW TO POST YOUR ACCREDITATION STATUS ON YOUR PROGRAM’S WEBSITE
Pursuing and maintaining accreditation is hard work, and once achieved, should be prominently noted on your program’s webpage. This helps the public and prospective students know that you are an accredited program. The CAATE has provided language for programs to use while pursuing accreditation as well as once accreditation has been obtained. Since many program websites are updated or changed on a regular basis, now might be a good time to double check that your program is displaying its accreditation status correctly.
Prior to Accreditation:
A Program cannot identify itself privately or publicly to be CAATE-accredited until it receives formal notification of accreditation status from the CAATE. Programs that are in the process of pursuing initial accreditation should use the following language on all publicly accessible documents, including the program’s webpage:
(Name of Institution) is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, (year).
The accredited program should indicate their accreditation status on the program’s main webpage, or linked to the program’s main webpage. Accredited programs are encouraged to use similar language to the following example:
(Name of Institution) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184. The program will have its next comprehensive review during the (year-year) academic year.
The posting of the program’s accreditation status should be accompanied by the CAATE Accredited Seal that is available for download on the CAATE’s webpage HERE. This seal will help prospective students and the public quickly determine that your institution’s AT program is accredited. If your program’s website administrator requires a different file type to display the seal, please contact the CAATE office; firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. The program should not display previous versions of, or the current, CAATE logo, as the logo is trademarked and requires written permission for its use.
Substantive Change of Degree:
For programs transitioning the level of the degree for their program, the following language should be used:
“The undergraduate Athletic Training Program at [Name of Institution] is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree. “
Change in Accreditation Status:
If a program receives notification of a change in accreditation status (e.g. Probation, Accreditation Withdrawn, or is voluntarily withdrawing accreditation etc.) the CAATE will provide specific language within the notification that must be used whenever a program references its accreditation, including the program’s webpage. The program must use the exact language provided, and must display this language directly after reference to accreditation is made. Questions about this can also be directed to the CAATE office; email@example.com.