Accreditation is Everywhere

As a result of working in the accreditation arena, I have found that, more often than not, many people don’t realize how often accreditation actually touches their lives. Accreditation is everywhere! Briefly, accreditation is a formal process whereby organizations, institutions and professional programs are evaluated by an accrediting body against a host of best practice […]

Benefits of National Accreditation

Becoming accredited offers human service organizations professional recognition for meeting the highest standards in quality service delivery while providing clients with an appropriate tool for effectively evaluating service providers. Organizations that achieve accreditation have reached beyond the minimum licensing standards and made a long-term commitment to strong management, program consistency, outcome measurements and continuous improvement […]

Maintenance of Accreditation

The start of the New Year is the perfect opportunity to take stock of how well accreditation is being implemented throughout your organization and to proactively prepare for re-accreditation. Accreditation Guru has a Maintenance of Accreditation Plan that is designed to help properly maintain accreditation, including a strong focus on performance and quality improvement (PQI), risk […]

COA National Conference 2012

Sometimes things really do seem to come full circle. That was the feeling I had last week while attending the Council on Accreditation (COA) National Conference. This conference is held once every three years and the last time, 2009, I was employed as the Director of Volunteer Services and Accreditation Commission for COA and directly […]

Accreditation: Critical to Higher Education

In recent weeks the topic of colleges and universities in danger of losing their accredited status has received a great deal of news coverage. Why is this such a hot topic lately and why does it matter? It is a hot topic because of two major announcements. First, City College of San Francisco (CCSF) was […]

The CWLA Experience

Last week I attended the Child Welfare League of America’s (CWLA) National Conference in Washington, DC as an exhibitor. The title of the conference was “Making Children a Priority: Leading Change” and was attended by more than 700 CEOs, directors, social workers, and other leaders in the fields of adoption, foster care and other child […]

The Joy of Consulting

Some people envision the joy of consulting as being project diversity, flexible hours or working from home (with your dog sleeping next to you) and the best reasons to become a consultant. While these certainly are some great benefits (and my Giant Schnauzer, Cooper, would agree), I find the true joy in consulting to be […]