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Maintaining compliance year round.

Looking at compliance as a monthly task, rather than as an annual project, can ease stress and keep your school in the good graces of regulatory and accrediting bodies.

These three quick tips can help you keep compliance top of mind all year long.

1. Check for changes. Check your state board’s website regularly to see if there have been updates to rules and regulations that affect you. Or, call or email your state contact directly.

Accredited? Do the same thing. Typically accrediting agencies post both “calls for comment” and any approved changes in their regulations after commission meetings. This information is usually published on their websites, so take a look in the weeks following the meetings to stay updated.

Planning early in the year saves time – and stress.

2. Start professional development now. Many states and all accreditors require continuing education or professional development for staff and faculty throughout the year. Look at opportunities available now, not just in December. Not waiting until the last minute will create less stress, and allow individuals to choose opportunities that will truly be valuable, rather than whatever is available before the deadline.

“It’s simple, but invaluable. Document everything that needs to be submitted to your state and/or accrediting agency throughout the year on a calendar. That includes things like financials, annual reports, license renewals, and re-accreditation applications.”

3. Build a compliance calendar. It’s simple, but invaluable. Document everything that needs to be submitted to your state and/or accrediting agency throughout the year on a calendar. That includes things like financials, annual reports, license renewals, and re-accreditation applications. You may also want to include meetings or conferences that you are interested in attending so those days stay free. Having everything written down for the entire year ensures you leave enough time to get the submissions done completely and correctly, instead of scrambling before the deadline to complete forms and issue checks. And it increases the chances you’ll submit everything on time – because as we all know, late documents lead to fines and other penalties. In short, they’re not compliant.