According to CIHE, accredited institutions are typically reviewed for accreditation every ten years. That process, called the comprehensive evaluation, begins with the preparation of a self-study, which typically takes 12-18 months to prepare and addresses all of the Standards for Accreditation. After reading the self-study, a committee consisting of faculty and administrators from similar institutions visits campus to meet with the university president, faculty, students and staff. The committee provides recommendations to the Commission, which then makes its determination regarding accreditation.
Between comprehensive evaluations, institutions update the Commission on their progress and plans in an Interim Report, which is typically submitted five years after the self-study.