Map: Creating an Accreditation Standards Document

  • The accreditation standards of many regulatory bodies tend to comprise lists of standards or competencies organized under a variety of different topics or themes. Therefore, your accreditation standards document in Map will probably have a simple hierarchy with 1-3 levels. An example of an accreditation standards document is shown below.
  • Once you have located your accrediting body’s standards and designed the outline structure of your accreditation standards document, you can begin creating the online version in Map. 
Note: You can also use the workflow below to create other documents that are organized in a similar way to accreditation standards, such as licensure standards, professional competencies, and institutional or programmatic outcomes.

To create an accreditation standards document manually:

  1. Login to the Liftupp Portal on a laptop or PC (ExamSoft recommends using Google Chrome as your web browser).
  2. Click the Map button in the navigation bar at the top of the screen.
  3. Click the Create Document option under the Map tab.
Note: If another document is already open in Map, the Create Document option is located under the Main Menu (three dots in the top right).
  1. Give the document a title
    1. Include the name of the accrediting body, the year in which the standards were published, and the programs to which the standards apply, e.g., ACPE Standards 2016 Appendix 1 - PharmD.
    2. Toggle the Show Listing option on if you wish to see hierarchy reference numbers against each level in your document structure, otherwise leave it toggled off.
  2. Build your document hierarchy
    1. Click the Add New Top Level Item button to add your level 1 items (typically the topics or themes that the accreditation standards are arranged under).
    2. Use the + buttons next to each top level item to add your level 2 items (typically lists of standards or competencies).
    3. Repeat this process until you have added all the required levels and items.
    4. Please note, you cannot add a level in the middle of an existing hierarchy. All new levels will be added to the bottom of the hierarchy.
    5. To speed up the process, you can copy and paste text directly from your accrediting body’s original document.
    6. If your accreditation standards have unique identifiers or codes (e.g. A1-A, A1-B etc.), or you wish to create your own, you can enter them using the Short Name option. This places them within emboldened brackets in front of your accreditation standards in documents and reports. Short Names help you to search for items in documents, distinguish between similar items, and identify truncated items in report headers.
    7. Toggle the Mappable option off for any levels or items you don’t wish to map to other documents. Typically, you will map individual standards and competencies, but not the topics or themes. Note that data is aggregated, or rolled up, in reports so if you map at the individual standards level, you will automatically map all the overlying levels in the document hierarchy.
    8. Use the pencil and trash buttons to edit and delete items as required.
  3. The Map tool auto-saves every time a change is made.
  4. When you have finished creating your accreditation standards document, or wish to pause, click Done (top right) to exit edit mode.
Additional information can be found in our Map User Guide, which you can download here or from the Help menu in your Liftupp Portal.
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