Any associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degree in leadership, strategy, organizational leadership, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial leadership, or other type of leadership or entrepreneurship, granted by a duly licensed degree granting institution is eligible for evaluation and consideration for accreditation. An institution interested in accreditation must first become a Member of the Academy and stand for Candidacy. To be approved for Candidacy a Member must demonstrate that its mission and its policies are consistent with those of the Academy. The membership application and procedures to obtain Candidacy are explained in the Membership Tab to the right.
Upon achieving Candidacy, an institution must prepare a Self-Study Report, as explained in the Accreditation Standards, and submit it for evaluation to the Director of Accreditation . Upon approval of the Report, the Director will appoint a Team of Examiners to conduct a site visit for the purpose of evaluating the leadership or entrepreneurship program(s) under consideration. Upon completion of the site visit, the Team will make a recommendation to the Director and the Director will call a meeting of the Board of Directors to consider the Team recommendation. If the Board decides to confer accreditation upon the Member institution, the Director will inform the Member and make arrangements for formal recognition at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Academy.
Accreditation is conferred for a period of ten years from the date of conferral. Accredited institutions are required to submit annual reports, as described in the Standards, to the Director of Accreditation, outlining significant events in the conduct of the recognized programs. At least one year prior to expiration of accreditation, the institution must initiate reaffirmation procedures.
For complete instructions, please download the Accreditation Standards.