Accreditation Standards[1]

 

                                                             1.0 General Criteria

 

Programs applying for TAPAC accreditation must initially demonstrate that they satisfy each of the requirements listed below. These requirements define eligibility for the TAPAC review process and remain part of the eligibility criteria throughout the accreditation period.  Thus, institutions should note that upon notification of a deficiency in the Stadard 1.0 series, the Commission may withdraw accreditation at any time.

 

The program:

 

1.01     Must be part of an educational institution accredited by a regional or national accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

 

Evidence of Compliance:  Documentation of the institution’s status and review dates.  It may be possible to provide a link to the regional accrediting body’s website where the institution’s accreditation is documented.

 

1.02     Has published a mission statement and objectives/goals, and program competencies that align with the institution’s mission and objectives/goals, (on the program website).

 

Evidence of Compliance:  Documentation of the program and the institution’s mission and objectives/goals with a direct link to the relevant content on the program website. 

 

1.03     Offers postsecondary educational instruction leading to a baccalaureate degree in the textile and apparel-related field.

 

Evidence of Compliance:  Direct link(s) to the catalog page(s) describing the baccalaureate degree in the textile and apparel-related field. Description of major(s) and minors offered within the textile, apparel and related fields program, with enrollment numbers for the past three years for each major.

 

1.04     Must have institutional approval for courses and degree(s) offered.

 

Evidence of Compliance:  Direct link(s) to the catalog page(s) describing the degree plan and course offerings for the baccalaureate degree in the textile and apparel- related field.

 

1.05     Has a formally designated program coordinator or director (see Glossary of Terms).

 

Evidence of Compliance:  Organizational chart of the unit.

 

1.06     Has operated continuously for at least five (5) years by the time of review.

 

Evidence of Compliance:  Historical description in the university catalog or posted on the university or department website, which serves as evidence that the program has been in operation at least five years prior to the accreditation review.

 

1.07     Has a minimum of two full-time faculty members assigned to the program with at least two FTEs assigned to teaching textile and apparel-related courses.  All teaching faculty shall hold a masters degree or higher, and a bachelors degree or higher in apparel or textiles or a related field.  Teaching faculty who do not hold a masters degree or higher must meet the credentialing standard of the university’s regional accrediting agency.

           

            Evidence of Compliance: A brief summary of the academic degrees held by faculty and professional staff  (e.g., advisors, collections and internship supervisors, etc.), supported by an appendix that includes complete curriculum vitae  for each, with their assigned responsibilities highlighted. Completion of Table 1.07: Program Faculty Profile (See Appendix).

 

1.08     Shall have instructors with competence and credentials in the subject matter for which they are responsible.

 

Evidence of Compliance: A brief summary of the professional and subject matter competence and credentials of faculty and the courses each faculty member is or has been assigned to teach in the past three years, supported by an appendix that includes complete curriculum vitae of faculty.

 

1.09     Makes freely available to all interested persons (and especially to its potential and enrolled students) an accurate, fair, and substantially complete description of its program and related activities, policies, and procedures.

           

            Evidence of Compliance:  Direct link(s) to relevant program information on the program website.

 

 

 


 


Accreditation Standards[1]

                                                            1.0 General Criteria

 Programs applying for TAPAC accreditation must initially demonstrate that they satisfy each of the requirements listed below. These requirements define eligibility for the TAPAC review process and remain part of the eligibility criteria throughout the accreditation period.  Thus, institutions should note that upon notification of a deficiency in the Stadard 1.0 series, the Commission may withdraw accreditation at any time.

The program: 

1.01     Must be part of an educational institution accredited by a regional or national accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Evidence of Compliance:  Documentation of the institution’s status and review dates.  It may be possible to provide a link to the regional accrediting body’s website where the institution’s accreditation is documented. 

1.02     Has published a mission statement and objectives/goals, and program competencies that align with the institution’s mission and objectives/goals, (on the program website). 

Evidence of Compliance:  Documentation of the program and the institution’s mission and objectives/goals with a direct link to the relevant content on the program website. 

1.03     Offers postsecondary educational instruction leading to a baccalaureate degree in the textile and apparel-related field. 

Evidence of Compliance:  Direct link(s) to the catalog page(s) describing the baccalaureate degree in the textile and apparel-related field. Description of major(s) and minors offered within the textile, apparel and related fields program, with enrollment numbers for the past three years for each major.

1.04     Must have institutional approval for courses and degree(s) offered. 

Evidence of Compliance:  Direct link(s) to the catalog page(s) describing the degree plan and course offerings for the baccalaureate degree in the textile and apparel- related field.

1.05     Has a formally designated program coordinator or director (see Glossary of Terms).

Evidence of Compliance:  Organizational chart of the unit. 

1.06     Has operated continuously for at least five (5) years by the time of review. 

Evidence of Compliance:  Historical description in the university catalog or posted on the university or department website, which serves as evidence that the program has been in operation at least five years prior to the accreditation review. 

1.07     Has a minimum of two full-time faculty members assigned to the program with at least two FTEs assigned to teaching textile and apparel-related courses.  All teaching faculty shall hold a masters degree or higher, and a bachelors degree or higher in apparel or textiles or a related field.  Teaching faculty who do not hold a masters degree or higher must meet the credentialing standard of the university’s regional accrediting agency.         

            Evidence of Compliance: A brief summary of the academic degrees held by faculty and professional staff  (e.g., advisors, collections and internship supervisors, etc.), supported by an appendix that includes complete curriculum vitae  for each, with their assigned responsibilities highlighted. Completion of Table 1.07: Program Faculty Profile (See Appendix).

1.08     Shall have instructors with competence and credentials in the subject matter for which they are responsible. 

Evidence of Compliance: A brief summary of the professional and subject matter competence and credentials of faculty and the courses each faculty member is or has been assigned to teach in the past three years, supported by an appendix that includes complete curriculum vitae of faculty. 

1.09     Makes freely available to all interested persons (and especially to its potential and enrolled students) an accurate, fair, and substantially complete description of its program and related activities, policies, and procedures.        

            Evidence of Compliance:  Direct link(s) to relevant program information on the program website.

 [1] This document of TAPAC Accreditation Standards was approved by the Board of Commissioners on January 26, 2018.