Upon receipt of the Candidate Application Form and the Letter of Intent, a representative of the Association makes a preliminary visit to the school.
The purpose of this visit is to review the required onsite documents and ascertain the readiness of the school to continue the application process. The Executive Director shall also communicate the findings to the administrator of the prospective member school.
If the findings are that the school has met the initial application requirements, the school shall be granted Candidate Status. Training in how to develop a self study, strategic plan for improvement, and host an onsite visit will follow.
Upon Candidate Status, the school is granted a period of two years to complete the accreditation process by developing a Self Study Document. If the MNSAA process is not completed within the two year time frame, the school is required to begin the application procedures anew.
If the findings are that the school has not met the initial application requirements, the school will be advised what actions need to be undertaken to satisfy the candidacy requirements.