Role and responsibilities of the accreditation visiting team chair.
Accreditation is based on a peer-review process that encourages educators to view their efforts as a collegial duty within the independent school community, ensuring the sustained quality of independent education. In the SAIS process, the visiting team chair assumes the primary leadership role.
The chair’s role includes:
This role involves coordinating the school’s process from the time of the preliminary visit through the writing of the visit report. The chair is expected to engage the visiting team members in meaningful discussion and activities, but the ultimate responsibility for the accreditation visit and visit report belongs to the chair. Accreditation is a leadership event, and the chair is expected to help groom the next generation of leaders in SAIS.
In order to qualify as a chair in SAIS, one must attend a chair training session offered by SAIS, which includes a thorough discussion of the accreditation materials and process.
A chair must also:
The Accreditation Process
Conducting preliminary site visit: The preliminary site visit should take place at least six months and not more than about 9 months prior to the team visit. The preliminary visit typically lasts one day and is conducted on the school premises by the assigned chair. During this preliminary visit, the chair will:
In preparing the team for the visit, the chair will:
Providing leadership to team during visit by:
Writing and submitting visit report: The chair will guide the team in the process of writing the visit report, being mindful that the school will benefit from clear, concise statements of commentary, commendation, and recommendation regarding what was presented in the self-study as compared to what was evidenced on campus. The SAIS timeline for submitting the visit report using the template and tools provided by SAIS is as follows: