Membership Policies and Procedures
Council for Standards in Human Services Education was created in
1976 and is the only national accrediting body for human service
degree programs. The National Standards set forth by the Council
have been confirmed through independent and Council research as
well as the self-studies of various institutions over the years.
The membership consists of degree Programs that sustain the work
of the Council through membership dues.
The Board of Directors is committed to fulfilling
the vision and mission of the Council with integrity and professionalism.
Through membership, Programs join the Council in the work of promoting
high quality educational experiences that assure human service professionals
who enter the field prepared to work with diverse clients in diverse
settings with diverse goals and objectives around a common thread
of social justice. This document provides members a resource for
understanding the framework for the Council's work, the responsibilities
and rights of members, and the principles that inform our practice.
- This page will address:
Membership in the Council
Programs can become members of the Council before
they are accredited, and some Programs remain members without ever
becoming accredited. Members join the Council in its commitment
to improving the quality, consistency, and relevance of human service
education programs through National Standards, accreditation of
human service degree programs, research, and publications.
Programs cannot, however, become accredited
without first becoming members of the Council. In addition, Programs
must maintain current membership through annual dues as a condition
All members benefit from the work of the Council.
Regional Directors and Executive Board Members are available to
consult with any member regarding program and curriculum standards.
All members have the same voting privileges whether or not they
Programs with more than one site can apply for
one membership with an additional fee per site. An application for
membership can be downloaded from the Council website at http://www.cshse.org.
The completed application should be submitted as instructed on the
form with a check for membership fee for one year.
Use of CSHSE Logo in Promotional
members are listed on the Council website. They may not claim or
imply that they are accredited.
Accredited members of the Council are listed
on the CSHSE website and can include the Council logo in promotional
materials along with the statement, "Accredited by the Council
for Standards in Human Service Education."
Payment, Policies, and Procedures
- Membership follows the academic year, July
1 thru June 3
- Programs can support the work of the Council
through active membership, whether or not the program is accredited.
See the website
- To become a member, complete the Membership
Application found on the Council website and submit it with a
check for annual dues. Note: Check the website for the current
fee structure. Effective September 2012, membership dues are $500.
- Dues will be prorated the second year, giving
credit for unused dues during the first year. For example, if
a Program joins the Council in October, they pay the fee for a
full year. When invoices are sent the following year, they will
be given credit for four months (July through October).
- Membership dues must be paid on an annual
basis concurrent with the academic year, July 1 through June 30,
- Invoices are mailed on
September 15, payment is due no later than November 15.
- If payment has not been
received by November 15, a second billing is sent with a $25.00
- If the annual dues and
late charge are not received by December 31, a letter is sent
advising the Program that membership has lapsed.
- Current membership must be maintained as
a condition of accreditation. If membership lapses for non-payment,
accredited programs are notified by mail that the accreditation
- Program accreditation that has lapsed for
non-payment can be reinstated within 90 days of December 31 (received
by March 31) by paying the outstanding membership fee, the $25
late charge, and a reinstatement charge of $200.
- Programs that have multiple sites pay the
$500 membership fee for the first site and $50 membership fee
for each additional site. For example, a program that is delivered
at four sites will pay $500 for the first site, and $50 for each
of the additional three sites for a total of $650 annually.
- Member: A college
or university human services degree program may be a member of
the Council before the program is accredited. To maintain membership,
an application must be completed and annual dues must be paid
in a timely manner.
- Accredited Member:
A college or university human services degree program that is
a member in good standing and has submitted a self-study, hosted
a site visit, and been approved by the CSHSE Board of Directors
for accreditation for a 5-year period. During the 5-year period,
annual membership must be maintained as a condition of accreditation.