There are twenty-three standards of excellence.


  • Standards 1 -4 relate to the general educational program
  • Standards 5-19 relate to the emergency management program, and
  • Standards 20-23 relate to resources impacting educational quality

A program will be in compliance, in partial compliance, or in non-compliance with these standards. In order to be accredited, a program must comply or partially comply with all twenty-three standards. Judgment of compliance is based on the expertise of experienced peer evaluators and precedent in accreditation.

Each standard sets forth a general expectation without stipulating a means for achievement. Indicators provide an instrument, or performance criteria, for determining whether a program complies with the standard.

General Educational Program - Standards 1-4

1. Curriculum Structure

2. Professional Values

3. Professional Business Practices

4. Written and Oral Communications

Emergency Management Program - Standards 5-19

5. Laws and Authorities

6. Risk Assessment

7. Impact Analysis

8. Prevention

9. Mitigation


11. Resource Management

12. Mutual Aid

13. Communications and Warning

14. Operational Procedures

15. Emergency Response/Emergency Operations Center

16. Training

17. Testing and Exercises

18. Crisis Communication and Public Information

19. Incident Management

Resources - Standards 21-23

20. Faculty

21. Facilities

22. Administration

23. Assessment

Educational Program Standards 1-19 Evaluation Process

Program compliance with educational program standards (Standards 1-19) is evaluated through review of opportunities, experiences, and information the program presents to students; and examination of student work, interviews, and observation on-site. Compliance with standards is measured by performance criteria, expressed as indicators.

The quality of student performance demonstrates learning outcomes and is the major factor that determines, in the judgment of peers, whether the educational program standards are met. Not all students will produce excellent work. All students should, however, show progress in knowledge, skills, and competencies. In addition, student performance should demonstrate that the subject matter addressed in each standard has been covered in the curriculum.

Resources Standards 20-23 Evaluation Process

The indicators for Resources Standards 20-23 do not include a qualifying statement of ‘must’ or ‘should’. All indicators are of equal importance, but more latitude is provided for determining overall compliance with the standard. 

As with all standards, judgment of compliance is based on the expertise of experienced peer evaluators and precedent in accreditation, especially in relation to the impact of a program deficiency on student learning.