Academic Program Review


GSAEC offers the opportunity for qualified Graduate level programs to undergo a Peer Review based on academic standards developed by prominent GSAEC members to support the quality and consistency of programs in executive, organizational and professional coaching.

Requirements for Applicants:

  • Regionally accredited graduate institution
  • GSAEC institutional membership (USD1,500 per annum)
  • Download and review of Academic Standards document to ensure compliance
  • Application Fee (USD75US)
  • Peer Review Fee (USD1,000)


Standards Committee Chair or Designate – 1. reviews application for completion and requirements 2. determines review strategy 3. Notifies applicant [within 30 days] >>>>Peer Review Panel 1. Compares submission to standards 2. Virtual Site Visit [within 60 days] 3. Submits Report on findings to applicant>>>>Applicant Submits response to peer review[within 30 days]>>>>>Peer Review Panel Formulates Recommendation>>>Board of Directors>>>>>>Determines whether to approve or deny the applicant program’s compliance with the Academic Standards [at it’s next quarterly board meeting]


For Submission

Step 1:  Complete Online Form including Application Fee (USD75)

Step 2:  Prepare submission according to Self Study Guidelines and pay Peer Review Fee (USD1,000)

Step 3:  Participate in Virtual Site Visit with Peer Review Panel

Step 4:  Submit Revisions as required by the Peer Review Panel

Guidelines for Graduate Academic Programs in Executive Coaching

This Executive Summary highlights key components of the comprehensive set of academic standards for executive and organizational coaching programs developed by a working committee commissioned by the Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching (GSAEC). It provides a brief overview of the academic standards initiative within GSAEC followed by a summary of 20 academic standards organized into four major sections (i.e., Organizational Alignment, Program Review, Engagement & Growth, Quality & Sustainability). This work is positioned within the broader context of efforts to raise the bar for education, training and delivery of programs in the executive and organizational coaching sector. The full documentation which includes over 100 pages of descriptions of each standard, relevant sub-standards, and references available by request from

Comments, suggestions and inquiries may be directed to either of the committee’s co-chairs:

Terrence E. Maltbia, GSAEC Co-chair, Academic Standards –
Linda Page, GSAEC President and Co-chair, Academic Standards –

Executive Summary (PDF) is here

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