7. Policy on Program Changes—Fully Revised, 8/1/15
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The accreditation status of a yoga therapy training program pertains to the sites and educational components that were reviewed at the time of the IAYT’s initial accreditation review and subsequent reaccreditation reviews.

Ongoing changes in the yoga therapy program are to be expected. Many changes do not affect a program's compliance with IAYT’s educational standards and policies; these changes may be reported in the program’s biennial report to the AC or included as part of the next reaccreditation review. Some changes, however, may affect a program's compliance and need to be reported to and approved by the AC before they are implemented.

Changes that Require Reporting and AC Approval prior to Implementation

Generally speaking, planned changes that require reporting to and prior approval by the AC are changes that may result in the program becoming non-compliant with the IAYT standards and accreditation policies, such as:

  • Any planned change in the school director, program director, or faculty that may affect the program’s compliance with IAYT educational standards and accreditation policies;

  • Any planned change in curriculum that would affect the program’s compliance with IAYT educational standards and accreditation policies;

  • Any planned change in how the program is delivered that would affect the program’s compliance with IAYT educational standards and accreditation policies;

  • Changes in the location(s) where the program is taught (see separate policy);

  • Changes in program ownership or management/oversight (see separate policies); and

  • Any other change that may result in non-compliance with the IAYT educational standards and accreditation policies.

Program staff should consult with the AC Manager if there is a question about whether a change needs to be approved.

Unplanned Program Changes

When a program change takes place that was not planned and may cause the program to be out of compliance with IAYT educational standards and accreditation policies, the school must report the change immediately to the AC or it may risk losing its accreditation status. Notification of an unplanned program change is to be made to the Accreditation Manager who will forward the notification to the AC for review.

When a school makes notification of an unplanned program change, the notification should state the nature of the change, provide pertinent documentation, and present information that demonstrates that the program has remained in compliance with the IAYT’s standards and policies.

Planned Program Changes

A school with an accredited program has the responsibility of submitting a change application letter to the AC Manager at least two (2) months prior to the planned implementation of a proposed change. The application should state the nature of the proposed change, provide pertinent documentation, and present information that demonstrates that the program will remain in compliance with the IAYT’s standards and policies if the change is adopted.

Review and Approval Process

After the application letter for a planned change or notification of an unplanned program changes is received, the AC Manager, in consultation with the AC Chair, appoints a change committee that meets within one (1) month of receipt of the change application to review the application. The change committee may act to:

  1. Approve implementation of the change without any conditions;

  2. Approve implementation of the change with conditions;

  3. Defer action pending receipt of additional information;

  4. Refer the matter to the AC for consideration;

  5. Deny approval of the proposed change; or

  6. Require an onsite visit prior to the committee making a decision or following implementation of the change. In this situation, all fees related to an onsite visit are to be borne by the Member School.

A program must receive written approval from the change committee or the AC before implementing the change. A program that makes a change that effects its compliance with IAYT educational standards and accreditation policies without approval places its accreditation in jeopardy.