Do You Know Why Accreditation Is Important In E-Learning?


Accreditation is a system or process for providing public
confidence and a tool for improvement used by educational
institutions.

It promises a basic level of quality in an educational
institution through a process that examines a school's
faculty, course content, recruiting practices, admissions
procedures, and more.

The purpose of accreditation is similar world wide:

  • To ensure quality education programs through the use of
    standards and rigorous evaluation criteria

  • To stimulate institutions towards higher levels of quality
    and efficiency

  • To provide a system for public trust and accountability

    You can learn much about the reputation of an institution
    and the general quality of its academic programs from its
    accreditation status.

    In most countries, education providers are nationally
    controlled and regulated, usually by a single government
    agency such as a Ministry of Education. In the US and
    Canada, however, there is no centralized authority but
    regional accreditation bodies ensure high standards in
    academic programs and institutions.

    The associations or governing bodies that grant
    accreditation have responsibility for establishing
    criteria, visiting and evaluating institutions, and
    awarding accreditation to those programs and institutions
    that meets their criteria.

    Perhaps the best evidence that any online education program
    is worth your time and money comes from the school's
    accreditation. The accreditation process ensures the school
    has been reviewed in terms of its academies, recruiting,
    admissions, faculty, and more. It signals that the
    institution will provide quality education and continuously
    work to improve its overall effectiveness and student
    outcomes.

    CHEA, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation,
    reminds that accreditation also serves other purposes
    beyond assuring academic quality to students and the
    public.

  • Accreditation is required for students to gain access to
    federal funds for grants and loans in the US.
    * Accreditation makes credit transfer among colleges and
    universities easier.
    * Employers look for accreditation status when evaluating
    credentials of job applicants and offering financial
    support to employees

    When you see that an institution is accredited by a
    recognized authority, you can be sure of its integrity and
    commitment to students.

    Types of Accreditation

    Institutions and individual programs (faculties) within an
    institution participate in the accreditation process. The
    two types of accreditation commonly used through the
    world are:

    Institutional accreditation

    Institutional accreditation is awarded when a college or
    university meets the prescribed standards of the
    accrediting agency. The effectiveness of the entire school
    operation – including academies, administration, and related
    services – is reviewed and certified.

    Specialized, professional, or programmatic accreditation
    Departments, programs, or schools within a college or
    university that is institutionally accredited often seek
    specialized accreditation. Specialized accreditation
    focuses on a narrower set of standards particular to that
    field of study – engineering, law, teaching, and nursing are
    examples.

The licensing boards that regulate some professions may
require a student to attend programs that hold special
accreditation, so it is important for the prospect
student to know what is required to be a licensed
practitioner in their field.



Source by Graham Johnson