Self-analysis and the Self-Study Report (SSR)
Programs applying for accreditation and currently accredited programs are required to provide documentation of an ongoing self-study process, following ARC-PA guidelines. Self-study is a formal, structured, critical, self-evaluation process which longitudinally examines the program’s structure and substance; evaluates the program’s overall effectiveness relative to its stated goals and objectives; identifies program strengths and weaknesses; and delineates a specific plan for necessary and desired modifications and improvements. There should be evidence of involvement of the appropriate constituencies in the self-analysis process, including representatives of the administrative staff of the program and its sponsoring institution, teaching faculty, preceptors, graduates, students, and others as needed. The Self-Study Report (SSR), is the document detailing the process and the findings, and is submitted as an appendix of the continuing accreditation application.
Programs are advised to review the ARC-PA Data Analysis Document on the Resources page.