The Association does not impose arbitrary standards.
The survey forms developed by PAASCU identify principles and practices which
are found in excellent institutions. The statements in the survey forms are more
qualitative rather than quantitative. The Association does not have specific
formulas to apply or particular patterns of organization to follow. The criteria and
survey instruments are merely tools to help the school measure educational
quality. They are intended to serve as a guide for institutions as they strive for
excellence and for accreditors as they assess institutional achievement.
The standards reflect a realistic appraisal of the school’s resources and their
efficient utilization to help the institution achieve its goals.


Much emphasis is placed on the formulation of the school’s purposes and
objectives. Only when its goals are clear can the school discover the extent to
which such purposes and objectives are being achieved.
Essential in the accreditation process is the self-survey made by an institution
applying for accreditation. The self-survey is an analysis by its own staff of the
institution’s educational resources and effectiveness in relation to its own purposes
and objectives.

PAASCU judges an institution not by comparison with other institutions but
primarily by the degree to which each institution’s own avowed purposes are
matched by actual practice in the various areas being evaluated. Thus, a school is
judged on the basis of the “total pattern” presented by it.