The ISTA Commission on Accrediting has adopted the following policies related to evaluation visits for initial accreditation.

The evaluation inspection fee will be there for initial evaluations.

  1. The other expense that ISTA will invoice to schools is the cost of evaluator and staff travel. For initial evaluations of a school’s primary location, ISTA will average the travel expenses of all ISTA-appointed evaluators and ISTA staff members for a given semester, and will invoice that average travel cost for each evaluator and staff member present during the visit. Schools are billed at the conclusion of the semester in which the visit occurs.
  2. For initial evaluations that include evaluator travel to one or more domestic or international extension sites in addition to the school’s primary location, the school will be billed the actual cost of travel to those sites for ISTA-appointed evaluators and staff. In addition, schools will be charged one-half of the comprehensive evaluation fee for each extension site.
  3. The school should arrange for direct payment of the board and lodging, and local transportation costs of the visiting committee and the ISTA staff representative.

Commission on Accrediting policy requires that ISTA-appointed committee members serve without honoraria or remuneration.