The EEAA visitation procedures are published in the EEAA Manual (see Download Area). What follows is a brief synopsis.
The general purpose of on-site visitations is to engage representatives of the EEAA with members of schools that are involved in being accredited by the EEAA. Although much preparatory work can and must be done by correspondence, genuine evaluation can only be done through on-site reviews. There are five categories of visits that a theological school may receive: an Orientation Visit, a Courtesy Visit, a Candidacy Visit, an Accreditation Visit, and a Review Visit. Each of these visits is distinctive in its purpose and needs to be understood and prepared carefully. Generally speaking each visit consists of a preparation phase, a planning phase, the actual visitation and the reporting phase. More details can be found in the EEAA Manual (section 6).
The EEAA Accrediting Council is responsible for designating Visiting Evaluation Teams (VET) (each with a team leader) for visitation to schools. The EEAA Manual indicates the criteria for selection and appointment of the VETs, the method of training and a general deontology that is to accompany their work. The goal of accreditation is to help institutions of biblical and theological training to achieve more effectively their objectives of preparing students for Christian service and to improve the quality of education at the respective levels of training offered in such institutions. Not all member schools have the same objectives. Each theological school has its own background and history, its own context and its own emphasis. Although these differences represent welcome richness, they may also cause misunderstanding. Therefore, it is necessary to create a climate of mutual confidence and understanding. The purpose of the Council and of the accreditation process is to assist institutions in the clarification of their goals and objectives, the critical evaluation of their present practice and in attaining their purposes as stated in their mission statements and learning outcomes.