Self-Study - Process for Public Technical and Career Schools/Centers

At the beginning of the Accreditation cycle (based on a 10-year schedule), a school/center is encouraged to analyze and assess its own functions, its educational effectiveness, and its strengths and weaknesses through an in-depth Self-Study involving the entire school community. This reflective process helps a school plan and prioritize how it will maintain its strengths and correct its weaknesses, thus improving its level of educational quality and the effectiveness of teaching and learning.

A Self-Study is normally prepared within the year prior to a school/center's scheduled CTCI Visiting Team evaluation, but some institutions may choose to take more time.

Accreditation Portal

As of spring 2017, CTCI schools/centers use NEASC's online accreditation portal to input the Self-Study report.


Select your preferred file format to view/download:

  • Suggested timeline for a successful decennial Self-Study and Visit: pdf |  doc
  • Self-Study Report Table of Contents: pdf  doc
  • Introduction to Sections Two and Five of the CTCI Self-Study Report: pdf |  doc
  • Sample School and Community Summary Report: pdf  doc
  • Self-Study Narratives for Academic Departments: pdf |  doc
  • Self-Study Narratives for Technical Programs: pdf |  doc
  • Continuum of Terms for Writing Conclusions: pdf |  doc
  • FAI Report Template: pdf |  doc
    Template for recording Focus Areas of Improvement within self-study conclusion
  • FAI Report Sample: pdf |  doc
    Sample FAI Report for use within school self-study report conclusion
  • Vision of the Graduate: pdf |  ppt

Workshops for participants from a school/center who will serve on their internal Self-Study committee are conducted by CTCI to assist schools/centers with organization and preparation. Announcements of such workshops are sent to schools/centers scheduled for visitation within the 1-2 years before the visit season.