New To Accreditation (Mid-America Region)

Accreditation Options

REACH 2.1REACH 2.1 has eight standards with related indicators and a rubric for each indicator. These guide the school through the self-study process.

Dual Accreditation with AdvancED—This option is available through ACSI using the REACH 2.1 ePlatform.


Initial Accreditation Process

ACSI MembershipAll ACSI accredited programs must be ACSI members.

Accreditation ApplicationOnce your school is an ACSI member school, a great place to start would be to familiarize yourself with ACSI's accreditation standards. The Standards and Indicators Checklist are used to complete a self-evaluation of your school. When you're ready to apply, complete the online Accreditation Application

Candidacy Period—The accreditation process takes approximately 3 years to complete as well as dedication from many people—but when it is completed, it is well worth it! After the regional office receives and reviews your application, an ACSI representative will contact the head of school to schedule a Pre-Candidacy visit. The purpose of this visit is to review the Standards and Indicators Checklist and determine if your schools is ready to enter into the Candidacy stage of accreditation. Once you are officially in candidacy, a consultant will be assigned to aid you as you walk through the completion of your self-study and prepare for the team visit. During your candidacy, you will be required to fill out an ACSI Annual Report each fall. ACSI accreditation annual fees are not required of Candidate schools.


The Mid-America Accreditation team, 4081 N Perryville Rd, Loves Park, IL  61111, serves schools in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Contact a Mid-America Accreditation Representative.