What is the Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs)?

StEPs is AASLH’s self-study, self-paced assessment program designed specifically for small- to mid-sized history organizations, including volunteer-run institutions. Through a workbook, online resources, and an online community, the 1,000+ organizations enrolled in StEPS review their policies and practices and benchmark themselves against national museum standards.

As your history organization makes progress in the program, you will earn certificates from AASLH that communicate those achievements to your community and stakeholders.

AASLH members can join StEPs for only $175, which includes the workbook and access to an online community for support. Once you have enrolled, there are no more costs, no matter how long it takes to finish.