How Clean Catalog Simplifies Applying for Accreditation

March 10, 2022

If your institution is applying for accreditation or up for renewal, preparing your catalog for review will be a big piece of that puzzle. We’ve designed our catalog software to solve many of the pain points associated with editing and submitting your catalog for accreditation review, with the goal of making the process straightforward for your staff. Check out a few of our features that help ensure your catalog is complete, consistent, and meets all necessary requirements.

Meeting Accessibility Requirements

Many accreditation associations will require your institution to meet Revised 508 Standards or WCAG 2.1 level AA accessibility standards. All Clean Catalog software meets these accessibility standards by default, with no work required from you. If your institution has specific accessibility requirements you need to meet, our team is happy to build your catalog around those requirements.

Built-In Tools

All Clean Catalog software features built-in tools that make preparing your catalog for review a more seamless process for your staff. Our Missing Information Reports allows you to easily filter which courses, degrees, or programs have missing or incomplete information. Course outcomes is a common accreditation requirement that can be checked using this feature. Our Course Catalog Reporting Dashboard is another great tool for identifying any broken links, missing information, or accessibility issues. Custom accreditation reports can also be added to your dashboard for easily reviewing requirements specific to the accreditation you’re seeking. Our built-in search bar also allows you to search for required pages and quickly identify any missing content.

Easy Editing

As your staff prepares for an accreditation review, you will likely need to make additions and revisions to your catalog in keeping with accreditation requirements. Our software makes editing as simple as editing a Microsoft Word Document, while always saving past catalog versions in the revisions tab. Both the web and PDF versions of your catalog are synced when edited, so you only have to update the information in one place for the change to be made universally. Hosting Other Relevant Documents

With Clean Catalog software, you can host other documents within your catalog site, including archived catalogs, student handbooks, employee handbooks, and more. These documents may be used as supplemental evidence that your institution is in accordance with accreditation documents. These files can be linked to as webpages or exported as PDF files, based on application requirements.

Submitting Your Catalog

Once your catalog is ready for accreditation review, your team can submit it in either digital or PDF format, depending on requirements. Our PDF generation tool ensures that all catalog information can be exported in a comprehensive and organized document. If the accreditation you’re seeking entails on-site committee visits, it is easy to print relevant pages of your catalog or the catalog in its entirety for reference documents.

Other Resources

Knowing what information is required on your catalog can be confusing. We’ve compiled check-lists for common accreditations that institutions apply for to help decipher what should be included:

If you have any questions about how our software simplifies accreditation applications, or would like to discuss how your new catalog can be customized to meet specific requirements, feel free to reach out to us.