7 mayo, 2013

Describing Accreditation

“Accreditation” is used in this context as a mark of assurance that the programme and the institution as a whole meets the standards set by the accrediting body. The outcome of a successful programme accreditation may include one or more of the following:

– Graduates are able to practice as a professional in a specific field, and in some cases receive a license to practice that is required by law;

– Graduates are granted chartered status;

– Graduates are granted exemption from all or part of professional exams;

– Graduates are eligible for entry to membership of a professional association or learned society;

– The programme is confirmed as meeting externally designated standards and quality.

Accreditation is a voluntary process that gives public recognition to institutions that meet certain standards. It is a promise that an institution will provide the quality of education it claims to offer and provide consumer protection.

Accreditation assures the student that the institution operates on a sound financial basis, has an approved program of study, qualified instructors, adequate facilities and equipment, effective recruitment and admission policies, and advertises its courses truthfully.
Other Functions of Accreditation:

– Verifying that an institution or program meets established standards;

– Assisting prospective students in identifying acceptable institutions;

– Assisting institutions in determining the acceptability of transfer credits;

– Helping to identify institutions and programs for the investment of public and private funds;

– Protecting an institution against harmful internal and external pressure;

– Creating goals for self-improvement of weaker programs and stimulating a general raising of standards among educational institutions; and

– Involving the faculty and staff comprehensively in institutional evaluation and planning.