It is recommended that, prior to the self-assessment process, the team that participates in the process be trained in the workshops offered by CACEI, in order to master the concepts for this task.


Application for Accreditation or Reaccreditation

The institution must access the CACEI Comprehensive System for Accreditation Management (SIGA) platform to start with its accreditation request, by filling out a form called Sheet 0 online.


Formalization of the accreditation process

The formalization includes three commitments: the signing of the Professional Services Agreement; payment of the accreditation fee; as well as, the delivery of the key to access the SIGA platform for the completion of the self-assessment.


Self-Assessment Report

The educational program, through the Comprehensive Accreditation Management System (SIGA), will capture the responses for each of the electronic questionnaires that correspond to the criteria. In addition, the certificates, evidence and analysis required by the Reference Framework must be attached.


Capture of the Self-Assessment Report in the SIGA System

The IES will record and submit the self-assessment to CACEI using the Comprehensive System for Accreditation Management (SIGA). Once this work is finished, the educational program will send its Self-Assessment via SIGA and will immediately receive confirmation of receipt by CACEI by email.



Appointment of the Evaluation Committee (Visiting Team)

The Specialty Technical Commissions define the Evaluation Committee for each PE, for which they select the shortlist responsible for the process from among the evaluators trained in the program and included in the CACEI Register of Evaluators.


Review of the Self-Assessment Report by the Evaluation Committee

Once the IES delivers the self-assessment through SIGA, the Assessment Committee receives it and has a period of 45 calendar days to analyze it considering the criteria and standards defined by the CACEI, as well as the evidence, certificates and arguments that support the level of compliance of the object subject to evaluation.


Organization of the Evaluation Visit

The Evaluation Committee, based on the review of the self-evaluation document, may adjust the Agenda of Activities with the person in charge of the educational program of the HEI, without omitting any of the activities proposed in the agenda provided by the CACEI; that is to say, time and date adjustments may be made or any additional activity may be included, but in no case may any of these be omitted.


Conducting the Evaluation Visit/em>

The visit will be carried out, either face-to-face or mixed, as previously agreed. Those responsible for the educational program are responsible for solving the logistics of the visit. The Evaluation Committee must organize the activities to comply in a timely manner with the defined Agenda.


Issuance of the Predictamen

After concluding the activities corresponding to the Agenda, the Evaluation Committee, within a term of 24 hours, issues the Exit Report indicating the proposal for evaluation of the indicators, as well as the justified recommendations that will address the identified areas of opportunity.


Clarification on the Predictamen (Due Process, optional)

Once the Committee formulates the Exit Report through SIGA, the Academic Department, within a period of no more than 24 hours, sends said Report to the educational program to be reviewed and issue substantiated clarifications on the observations included in the document. The program will have seven calendar days, from the receipt of its Exit Report, to present clarifications to the observations supported by evidence or information incorporated in the self-assessment or during the visit.


Analysis of the Discipline Technical Commission

The Exit Report issued by the Evaluation Committee, in a period not exceeding 90 days, is analyzed by the corresponding Technical Commission of the Specialty (CTE), who are responsible for reviewing the internal consistency of the proposal; compliance with technical rigor in assigning the rating; as well as the clarity in the wording of the recommendations and the justification. The CTE issues a proposal for an opinion to the Accreditation Committee.


Final Decision by the Accreditation Committee

The Accreditation Committee receives and analyzes the CTE opinion proposal. It seeks to identify compliance in the evaluation of the criteria and standards established by the CACEI, as well as the clarity and objectivity of the recommendations. In addition, it seeks to guarantee the consistency, reliability and relevance of the recommendations. Based on said analysis, the Accreditation Committee issues the final opinion for the educational program evaluated. The accredited programs must comply with the recommendations issued in the Minutes of the Accreditation Committee.

The CACEI communicates to the IES the final opinion endorsed by all the members of the Committee in a period of no less than seven working days and no more than 10.


.Appeal: Request and Decision (optional)

If any program that was not accredited wishes to request a reconsideration of its opinion, it can request a review of its case to the Appeals Committee; which is a different body from the Accreditation Committee. For this purpose, the program must send the CACEI a report with the arguments by which it considers that the program does comply with the established standards, within a period not exceeding 21 calendar days after receiving its opinion. The program report is reviewed by the Appeals Committee, in a period between 30 and 40 days after delivery, and it issues its opinion, which is final.

The opinion issued by the Appeals Committee after the analysis meeting between the institution and the committee is final.



Improvement plan

Once the program receives the accreditation report, it must prepare its Improvement Plan, for which it has three months after receiving its accreditation. The term begins with the delivery of the Minutes of the Accreditation Committee in which the final opinion of the evaluation process is reported.

The Improvement Plan and its scope are the sole responsibility of the institution of the accredited educational program. The CACEI will issue a letter of receipt of it. The Mid-Term Committee will not issue an opinion on it, it will only make a review to identify if it meets all the recommendations issued in the final opinion.


Extension (optional)

Programs that reach a validity of three years may extend it for two more years, if they request it during the first 18 months after the accreditation of the PE.

La revisión de dicha documentación estará a cargo del Comité de Apelación, el cual revisará las evidencias y argumentaciones. En respuesta a dicha solicitud, el Comité determinará si ratifica la vigencia a tres años o si otorga la extensión por dos años más.


Mid Term Report

The accredited programs must deliver to the CACEI a mid-term report that demonstrates the follow-up and attention to the recommendations issued in the Accreditation Committee Minutes, for which it will explain the actions and strategies carried out, and present the corresponding evidence.

This report will be submitted for evaluation and, if the recommendations are not sufficiently addressed, the CACEI may revoke the accreditation.


Mid-Term Opinion

The Mid-Term Reports of the programs sent by higher education institutions are reviewed and analyzed by the Mid-Term Academic Committee, in order to issue an opinion.


Report on Compliance with Recommendations

It is the last step in the monitoring process for continuous improvement and consists of a Report on Compliance with Recommendations that must be submitted by all accredited programs that wish to be evaluated again at the end of their accreditation term, with the purpose of obtaining a reaccreditation.

For more detailed information, consult the document:
Polices and procedures