Foundational to the Criteria and Core Components is a set of practices shared by higher education institutions in the United States. Unlike the Criteria for Accreditation, these Assumed Practices are (1) generally matters to be determined as facts rather than matters requiring professional judgment and (2) not expected to vary by institutional mission or context.
1Institutions operating under federal control and authorized by Congress are exempt from these requirements. These institutions must have a public board that includes representation by individuals who do not have current or previous employment or other relationships with the federal government or any military entity. This public board has a significant role in setting policy, reviewing the institution’s finances, reviewing and approving major institutional priorities, and overseeing the institution's academic programs.
2 Institutions under federal control are exempted, provided they have other reliable information to document the institution’s fiscal resources and management.