The CAAC serves as a gathering forum for organizations accrediting Catholic schools and serves as an advisory body to the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), reporting to the NCEA President/CEO. The CAAC promotes the continuous development, collaboration and success of Catholic bodies accrediting Preschool-12 schools.

The CAAC undertakes the following responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  1. Promote greater collaboration amongst CAAC members.
  2. Share best practices in accreditation protocols and practices as well as operational structures and policies.
  3. Advise NCEA and its NNAC on the application of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (NSBECS) in the accreditation process and offer feedback for the purpose of the continuous improvement of both the NSBECS and accreditation processes.
  4. Monitor and advise on the role of secular accreditation agencies in accrediting Catholic schools.
  5. Conduct an annual self-evaluation for the CAAC and for members.
  6. Provide CAAC annual report to the NCEA President/CEO.

Any Catholic organization responsible for accrediting Catholic schools or school systems, or in the process of incorporation for that purpose, is eligible for membership. An organization is defined as Catholic by its presence in the Kennedy Directory, or through its founding by Catholic dioceses, state conferences, religious orders, juridic persons under canon law. The chair of the NCEA Board of Directors shall serve as final decision-maker as to eligibility for membership if the Catholic identity of the agency is in question.

If you represent a Catholic school accrediting organization that is eligible for membership, please contact Karen Barreras, NCEA Director of Leadership Engagement at

Members of CAAC who signed the Charter are:

  • Lincoln Snyder, President/CEO, NCEA
  • Julie Vogel, Chief Content Officer, NCEA
  • Karen Barreras, Director of Leadership Engagement, NCEA
  • Greg Dhuyvetter, Chair, Western Catholic Educational Association
  • Lisette Allen, Director of Education, Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops
  • Theresa Bowser, Director, Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association (OCSAA)
  • Mary Camp, Associate Director for Accreditation, Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Daryl Hagan, Interim Director, Institute for the Transformation of Catholic Education (ITCE); Director, Program of K-12 Catholic School Accreditation, ITCE
  • Andrew Kremer, Ph.D., Associate Director of Strategy and Membership for Catholic School Accreditation, ITCE

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