The Value of MNSAA Accreditation
Accreditation is a framework for the best possible educational program for learners.
Accreditation delivers recognized credibility of the quality of a school program in the eyes of stakeholders and the public.
Accreditation offers outside objective validation that a school has met high standards and is actively seeking a quality educational program.
Accreditation assures stakeholders that the school program and organization periodically undergoes an intensive self-evaluation and a review by professional educators who are not affiliated with the school.
Accreditation provides for long-range strategic planning focusing on student achievement and ongoing school improvement.
Accreditation makes a public statement that the school is willing to be measured against rigorous standards and to engage in long-range strategic planning.
Accreditation facilitates a process whereby staff communication results in shared commitment to future directions.
Accreditation highlights the many excellent accomplishments of the school and its students.
Accreditation offers a network of educational relationships, whereby the exchange of ideas and methods to better meet the needs of students can be developed and shared.
WHY SEEK ACCREDITATION?
Schools are evaluated in terms of standards established by the Association.
A school is evaluated in terms of its own mission and philosophy, recognizing that individual differences exist among schools and communities.
A school is evaluated upon the basis of the total identity as an institution of learning. While it seems necessary that a school be judged in terms of its particular characteristics, it is recognized that variations will appear in the degree of success achieved.
A school’s curriculum and professional standards should be stimulating and conducive to educational growth. They must be guides for continuous self-evaluation and should provide the incentive to strive constantly toward high goals of achievement.
GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR ACCREDITATION
BENEFITS AND PRIVILEGES OF MEMBERS
Status of an accredited school recognized by the State of Minnesota and the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations.
Voting rights in MNSAA elections and in determining changes to By-Laws.
Monthly news and notes in the Accredit-Memo containing membership, professional, legal, and policy information and updates.
A copy of the MNSAA Handbook and supplementary updates.
Free registration for the orientation, renewal and annual report workshops.
Participation in the MNSAA Annual Conference which provides an opportunity for school administrators to gather and explore current educational topics and trends and learn more about accreditation.
Opportunities to participate in a variety of educational experiences and activities of the MNSAA.