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Evaluation Visit Billing Policies

Comprehensive Evaluation Visits (for reaffirmation or for initial accreditation)

The ATS Commission on Accrediting has adopted the following policies related to comprehensive evaluation visits.

  1. The fee for comprehensive evaluation visits is $3,000, whether the visit is for reaffirmation of accreditation or for initial accreditation.
  2. The other expense that ATS will invoice to schools is the cost of evaluator and staff travel. For comprehensive evaluation visits to a school’s primary location, ATS will average the travel expenses of all ATS-appointed evaluators and ATS staff members for a given semester, and will invoice that average travel cost for each evaluator and staff member present during the visit. In past semesters, the average travel cost has been approximately $650 per person. Schools are billed at the conclusion of the semester in which the visit occurs.
  3. For comprehensive evaluation visits that include evaluator travel to one or more domestic or international locations in addition to the school’s primary location, the school will be billed the actual cost of travel to those sites for ATS-appointed evaluators and staff. In addition, schools will be charged one-third of the comprehensive evaluation fee ($1,000) for each extension site.
  4. The school should arrange for direct payment of the hotel, meal, and local transportation costs of the evaluation committee and the ATS staff representative for any comprehensive evaluation visit.

Commission on Accrediting policy requires that ATS-appointed committee members serve without honoraria or remuneration. No travel costs are charged for any evaluator who conducts a visit virtually.

Focused Evaluation Visits

The ATS Commission on Accrediting has adopted the following policies related to ATS focused evaluation visits.

  1. The fee for focused evaluation visits is $1,000.
  2. The other expense that ATS will invoice to schools is the cost of evaluator travel. For focused evaluation visits to a school’s primary location, ATS will average the travel expenses of all ATS-appointed evaluators and ATS staff members for a given semester, and will invoice that average travel cost for each evaluator and staff member present during the visit. In past semesters, the average travel cost has been approximately $650 per person. Schools are billed at the conclusion of the semester in which the visit occurs.
  3. For focused evaluation visits to a school's additional location(s) or to international location(s), schools will be billed the actual cost of evaluator and staff travel.
  4. The school should arrange for direct payment of the hotel, meal, and local transportation costs of the evaluation committee and the ATS staff representative for any focused evaluation visit.

Commission on Accrediting policy requires that ATS-appointed committee members serve without honoraria or remuneration. No travel costs are charged for any evaluator who conducts a visit virtually.

(posted 09/04/12; updated 7/1/21)