The National Accreditation Commission – CNA Chile – through its regulation published in “Diario Oficial” on December 2016, gives instructions to the Accrediting Agencies on criteria and procedures applicable to undergraduate programs to inform the Agency about substantive changes if they have current accreditation.
Acredita CI has defined the following procedure for these cases.
- The programs on which Acredita CI has been authorized for its accreditation process are those that are offered in the following areas of knowledge: Management and Commerce, Technology, Natural Resources and Science.
- The presentation of programs in these areas to the accreditation process is voluntary.
- It is the Institution that decides whether to inform the changes while the program accreditation is in force or to wait until the next accreditation process to incorporate them.
- If the program wants to incorporate any substantial change into the current accreditation with this Agency, it shall submit to this Agency the background information listed below. Acredita CI will carry out a verification visit and Counselors will determine whether or not this request is welcomed.
- 5) It is understood by substantial change:
- Creation of a program in another branch, different from the one offered at the time of accreditation.
- Offer of a program in another session and/or modality, different from the one offered at the time of accreditation.
- Suppression of a program in another branch, session and/or modality, from the ones in force at the time of accreditation; the closure of a program it is included in this point.
- A collection of all these cases.
- The changes outlined in subparagraph (i) and (ii) of the previous point, require to be informed before the last year of accreditation validity. If the accreditation is in the last validity year, the changes should be reported in the new accreditation process of the program.
- The suppression of the program in a branch, session and/or modality or the complete suppression of the program, case iii) of the previous point, shall be informed to the Agency in the terms indicated in Circular N° 20, letter II. Point 3:
When the program suppresses an academic offer some of its branches, sessions and/or modalities or when it is definitively closed, the Institution of Higher Education shall inform the Agency that granted the current accreditation, accompanied by a report that gives a detailed account of the reasons and analysis underpinning the removal, the impact that has this measure in the general context of the program and the detail of measures to be taken to cope with the impact derived from them. The effects of the measures should be considered in the forthcoming process of accreditation.
Concerning the Agency, it should communicate the suppressions in knowledge to the CNA, in the form and time established by CNA.
Suppression or closure of an academic offer shall be understood as the permanent closure of vacancies for, at least, two consecutive years in some of the branches, sessions or modalities in which the program was offered.
Program suppression or closure shall be understood as the officially decreed closure; the indefinite closure of program vacancies in the entire Institution in each of its branches, sessions and modalities.
- Acredita CI shall inform the suppression cases to CNA within a maximum period of 30 calendar days after the information is received by the institutions of higher education.
- Changes expected in relation to adjustments of the graduation profile, curriculum and courses, such that they are not of the magnitude that involves adjustments to program name or the establishment of a new one. That is to say, in case of changes incorporated by periodic updates or improvements, which are in accordance with adjustments established by the institution in its mechanisms of continuous improvement and are also in line with the Evaluation Criteria regarding the aspects of periodic and permanent updates, they do not form part of the changes required to be informed to the Agency in the context of the Circular N° 20, as they are not considered substantive changes.
- The changes concerning the program denomination cannot be incorporated into a current accreditation, so they will be analyzed in its next accreditation process. Provided that the change of denomination leads to a curriculum improvement and regular operation conditions are maintained or improved, the program will not be considered new for accreditation purposes. The program must report to the accrediting agency the students’ situation from for both training programs and the possibility that students from the old programs have to be transferred to the new plan, if deemed appropriate by students. As long as such articulation exists, it may be considered as a program with graduates and, thus, it is still eligible to apply for the accreditation process.
Manual of Procedures Circular N°20