The evaluator role within the accreditation process is crucial. IDETC evaluators are valued and recognized for the contributions they make to the peer review process.
Evaluators are classified as either member or public. Those affiliated with an IDETC-accredited institution are referred to as member evaluators and those not affiliated with an IDETC-accredited institution are referred to as public evaluators.
In addition to program specialists, team visits may include evaluators with expertise in student relations, educational activities, or distance education. The Council recognizes the value of volunteer service and shows its appreciation to its evaluation team members by granting an honorarium. Evaluators are also reimbursed for approved visit travel expenses.
For additional information on the accreditation process, go to www.idetc.us. If you have questions regarding the role of the evaluator, e-mail IDETC.
You must meet the following qualifications in order to become an evaluator for IDETC:
Step 1 - Determine Your Eligibility
Five years experience and education in a specialty area or expertise. ?In addition, the following requirements must be met:
- Member evaluators must have experience in at least two areas of operation including instruction, admissions, financial aid, placement, and administration.
- Student relations expertise requires experience calculating satisfactory academic progress and familiarity with the Annual Institutional Report.
- Educational activities expertise requires five years experience at an administrative level and experience reviewing credentials of faculty assigned to teach general education courses.
- Distance education expertise requires experience in the management, instructing and curriculum development of distance education programs.
Step 2 - Agree to IDETC Canons of Ethical Behavior and Independent Contractor Agreement
Indicate your willingness to serve as an evaluator by signing the Contractor Agreement form and submitting via e-mail.
Step 3 - Submit Necessary Paperwork
IDETC requires a completed form and a current resume. Your resume should demonstrate five years experience in your stated specialty fields or areas of expertise (please date your experience).
E-mail both documents to IDETC.
Step 4 - Register as an evaluator
Please complete the registration information. Once you have registered, log in and proceed to the IDETC Online Store where you can sign up for the Evaluator Workshop. Proceed to registration page.
Step 5 - Training
Evaluator training consists of three pre-recorded modules and one live two hour webinar. Evaluator applicants are required to complete a survey following each webinar and submit it to IDETC as supporting evidence.
IDETC has key areas within the evaluator pool that are classified as areas of need. These areas of need include program specialties and areas of expertise. The areas of need will be posted on our website. IDETC will reserve space for program specialists and areas of expertise, evaluators in the areas of need first.
When an area in the IDETC evaluator pool becomes saturated with qualified evaluators, it does not benefit IDETC or the evaluator since the probability of being asked on a visit is very limited. IDETC, therefore, reserves the right not to invite evaluators to complete the final training module if they do not fit the areas of need. If there is space available and an evaluator without a specialty or area of expertise in an area of need is invited to attend, IDETC reserves the right to place their status as Inactive. Evaluators in Inactive status will not be eligible to conduct visits but could be made active if their areas of expertise or specialty fields become an area of need.
IDETC encourages any individual seeking further understanding of the evaluator process. Modules 1 thru 3 are available to the public and are free. Individual requests for certificates of attendance to module 1, 2 or 3 will be provided. Requests should be sent via email to IDETC with “Request for Certificate of Completion” in the email subject field. Please provide us with your name, the module or modules you are requesting a certification of completion for and the date you listened to the module(s). If you logged in using an email other than the one associated with the request, please state the email address used when viewing the modules so we can verify your attendance.
Ethical Responsibility for Evaluators
The continued existence and acceptance of privately administered accreditation presumes the recognition that the aggregate of the system is based upon the singular integrity of all those individuals charged with the adoption of policies, procedures, standards, and the evaluation and measurement of institutional performance. Members of evaluation teams play a vital role in the maintenance and preservation of the system. Therefore, the fulfillment of this role requires an understanding by evaluators of their relationship with and function in the accreditation process.
In fulfilling accreditation responsibilities, an evaluator encounters a variety of issues and situations that require the exercise of fair and impartial judgment. Although the specifics of these issues and situations can not be foreseen with particularity, fundamental ethical principles are available for guidance.
- An evaluator shall uphold the integrity of the accreditation process.
- An evaluator shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in all activities.
- An evaluator shall perform all specific duties impartially and diligently.
- An evaluator shall refrain from any business activity inappropriate to accreditation responsibilities, including the offering of any materials or information pertinent to the institution's operation or services.
- An evaluator shall decline to serve on any evaluation team that is responsible for evaluating any institution or branch of any institution with which he or she has been, is currently, or presently intends to be directly or indirectly involved.
- An evaluator shall preserve the confidentiality of the institutional information to which he or she is privy.
- An evaluator shall, in representing IDETC, subscribe to the IDETC policy on discrimination and harassment in his or her dealings and interaction with the IDETC staff, other members of evaluation teams, or any person affiliated with an institution being evaluated.? An evaluator is obligated to report to the IDETC Executive Director any action that he or she perceives to be discrimination or harassment.
Review of Performance
In order to continually improve the quality of the accreditation process, evaluators will need to comment briefly on the visit procedures used for each particular site visit and on the performance of other team members and the IDETC staff representative. IDETC uses the following instruments to monitor the evaluation process:
Evaluation of Visit Procedures Form
Staff Performance Review Form
These remarks will be held in confidence, although some of the remarks may be consolidated into one document for use during annual staff and evaluator performance reviews.
Areas of Need
IDETC is seeking qualified individuals who will serve as evaluators of programs in the areas listed below. Evaluators are reimbursed for incurred expenses relating to a visit. In addition, an honorarium is paid to public and member evaluators with exceptions noted. Evaluators must posses five years' experience in their area of expertise.
Presently, we are accepting evaluator applications for
Business Education Specialists
Student Relations Specialists
IDETC also utilizes program specialist in the following areas:
Emergency Medical Technology
English as a Second Language
Animation/Interactive Technology/Video Graphics
Automotive Mechanics Technology
Baking and Pastry Arts
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management
Health and Physical Education/Fitness
Business Office Technology
Health Care Administration/Management
Health Information Technology
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Heating, A/C and Refrigeration Technology
Communication Systems Technology
Computer and Information Systems Security
Computer Engineering Technology
Legal Administrative Assistant
Computer Installation and Repair Technology
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse
Management Information Systems
Computer Software and Media Applications
Computer Systems Networking/ Telecommunications
Medical Administrative Assistant
Computer Systems Technology
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts
Medical Office Assistant
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Nursing/Patient Care Assistant
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications
Data Processing Technology
Design and Visual Communications
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Drafting and Design Technology
Tourism and Travel Services Management
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology
Electrical/Electronics Maintenance and Repair Technician
Web Page and Digital/Multimedia Design
Electronics and Communications Engineering