The Council Statement of Core Values and Principles of Good Practice for member associations define high standards and ethical behavior for Council operations, members’ accreditation practice, and member interaction. The Council’s values and Principles of Good Practice are patterned on the NAIS Principles of Good Practice and are intended to promote an intentional culture within the Council that reflects the dedication of member associations to quality education, accountability, and professional conduct.
Statement of Core Values
Member associations and their schools should be self-determining in mission and program, free from government control, governed by independent boards, and committed to a culture of free and open intellectual inquiry.
Collaboration is a means of strengthening Council review and association accreditation programs, improving the quality of education in member schools, and engaging in on-going learning and problem-solving to tackle the most challenging problems with creative and innovative solutions.
The integrity of Council processes requires consistency, candor, honest and respectful communication with member associations and with schools, adherence to the criteria, and continuous assessment of Council effectiveness.
The Council benefits from the diverse perspectives of member associations that accredit and serve a wide range of independent schools both national and international.
Associations should be accountable to one another and to the Council Criteria through the Council review process, just as schools are accountable to their constituencies and the public through accreditation.
ICAISA Principles of Good PracticE
- For Council Operations
- For Association Accreditation Practice
- For Council Representative Interactions
- The Council adopts a clear statement of the Council’s mission, vision, and strategic goals, establishes policies and plans consistent with the mission, and engages in ongoing reflection and review of mission, plans, policies, and operations.
Council representatives act in the best interests of the Council while balancing their own personal views and the positions taken by their associations with the interest of the Council.
- Council members willingly share information/findings gathered through the Council review report with their own associations.
- All Council representatives share a responsibility to promote Council work and preserve the integrity of what they do by sharing concerns and feedback.
- Council representatives adhere to a value of holding member associations to the Criteria.
Where overlapping accreditation groups exist, associations inform schools of other accreditation programs that might better/also serve their needs.
The association recognizes the right of currently accredited member schools (or candidates) to consider other or additional accreditation options.
Council members will share accreditation materials with one another and will respect any limitations on distribution.