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EAHEAACCREDITATION HANDBOOK

ABOUTACCREDITATIONAccreditation is a review of the quality of universities, educational institutes,vocational institutions, colleges, schools, distance learning centers, lifelonglearning centers, online courses, corporations, agencies, professionals, andinstructors.ABOUT ACCREDITATIONAccreditation is a review of the quality of universities, educational institutes,All over institutions,the world, colleges,accreditationis distancea majorlearningway ilies,learninggovernmentofficials,andthe press knowthat aninstitution education.over theworld, accreditation is a major way that students, families, governmentofficials, and the press know that an institution or program provides qualityeducation.Accreditationor programmaticprogrammaticandandisisa voluntary,a voluntary,Accreditationmaymaybebeeithereither institutionalinstitutional orcomprehensive,andandobjectiveprocessof outsidepeer reviewto determinecomprehensive,objectiveprocessof outsidepeer reviewto determinewhetherwhetheran institutionor programmeetsthe standardsofaccreditingthe accreditingan institutionor programmeetsthe standardsof thebodybodyin cational quality and effectiveness.institutional accreditationfor itsaccreditationmembers. for its members.institutionalAccreditation 1

Whether a college, school, university, distance learning center, or program isaccredited is important:Students who want governmenal (and sometimes association, organization)grants and loans need to attend a university, school, college, distance learningcenter, online course, or program that is accredited.Employers ask if a university, school, college, distance learning center, onlinecourse, or program is accredited before deciding to provide tuition assistance tocurrent employees, evaluating the credentials of new employees, or making acharitable contribution.The government requires that a university, school, college, distance learningcenter, online course, or program be accredited to be eligible for grants and loansor other funds.Governments require that a university, school, college, distance learning center,online course, or program be accredited when they make state funds available tostudents or institutions and when they allow students to sit for governmentlicensure examinations in some professional fields.Accreditation is a complicated subject. "Informing the Public About Accreditation" isan effort to reduce this complexity and provide the public with answers to these basicquestions: What is Accredited? Why is Accreditation Important?Accreditation 2

Universities, educational institutes,vocational institutions, colleges,schools, distance learning centers,lifelong learning centers, onlinecourses, corporations, agencies,professionals, and instructors areaccredited.Around the world, schools, colleges,universities, and distance learningcenters are accredited by one of thehundreds of internationalaccrediting organizations. Programsare accredited by one ofapproximately some programmaticaccrediting organizations.The Database of Institutions andPrograms Accredited by EAHEAcontains information aboutthousands of institutions andprograms around the world links tothe websites of these institutions arealso available.What isAccredited?Accreditation 3When using the database; To learnabout a specific school, college,university, or distance learningcenter, go to the AccreditedMembers Directory page and type inthe name of the institution. To learnabout an institution in a specificcountry, type in the name of thecountry.

Why isAccreditationImportant?Accreditation is important because it gives the assurance to the public, in particularto prospective students, that you, as an education provider, meet education qualitystandards in the global market.Prospective students usually feel insecure accessing the international market whenthey need to measure the quality of a foreign education provider with the standardsknown to them (set forth by their own country). European Agency for HigherEducation and Accreditation accreditation may provide a global education qualityreference not limited or constrained by local regulations or idiosyncrasies.The comprehensive compilation of institutions provided by the European ENICNARIC Network (National Academic Recognition Information Centers) and theUNESCO IAU (International Association of Universities) is usually limited totraditional universities recognized by their corresponding Ministry of Education.What happens then with many higher education initiatives and institutions that donot fit in this category? What happens with those who provide innovativepedagogical approaches, programs of study not yet recognized by the traditionaleducation establishment, or simply those who are responding to the current globalmarket demands? EAHEA accreditation becomes the best way to endorse them.It is essential to recognize that in a global market, accreditation does take on manyforms. The perception of government accreditation as the "gold standard" dismissesthe growing and major impact that many international schools are having on thefuture of global higher education. The question is not who or what accredits theschool, rather, it is - How much accreditation does the school need to have? Whatinstitutions of higher learning should be considering is not adding more localaccreditations in their home nation, but a truly international accreditation standardthat may serve in the global market arena.Accreditation 4

Accreditation TypesFull AccreditationThis institutive accreditation typeis for universities, educationalinstitutes, vocational institutions,colleges, schools, corporations,etc. that use traditional educationmethods.Full Accreditation accredits onlythe institution (administrative,organizational, financial,educational system,student/alumni services, etc.) anddoes not contain degrees andprograms.Online AccreditationThis institutive accreditation typeis for open universities, distancelearning centers, lifelong learningcenters, online courses, etc. thatuse online education methods.Online Accreditation accredits onlythe institution (administrative,organizational, financial,educational system,student/alumni services, etc.) anddoes not contain degrees andprograms.Accreditation 5

Program AccreditationThis accreditation type is only for accredited universities, educational institutes,vocational institutions, online courses, etc., and includes a specific program/course(MA, MS, MBA, LLM, DBA, etc.) that has a curriculum.Important NoticeFull/Online Accreditation does not contain institution s programs that have thecurriculum.If you want to get an accreditation for your programs, you must apply to ProgramAccreditation for each program after applying for Full/Online Accreditation.Accreditation 6

Accreditation Application StepsEuropean Agency for Higher Education & Accreditation has worked throughout theyears to establish itself as one of the most credible accreditation agency in the world.With EAHEA, hundreds of institutes have received accreditation based on the qualityof education they are providing without any biases regarding location or financialstandings. The Points Profile System along with the representatives presentworldwide ensures credibility.The three-step process is as follows:Step 1: Institutes submit their applications via www.eahea.org and get a freeconsultation from one of our secretariat representatives. Once the application isreviewed by the Secretary, they move to the next step.Step 2: The second step of the process is to visit (or video call) institutions andinspect their facilities, faculty, education standard, etc.Step 3: Once the visit inspection report is submitted, our commission membersreview it and, if qualified, the institute gets EAHEA’s accreditation (full accreditation,online accreditation, or program accreditation).Accreditation 7

About the EAHEAAccreditation StatusEAHEA Accreditation isn t aSubstitute of LegalRegulations: Accreditation is avoluntary, non-governmental peerreview process. Accreditation bythe EAHEA shall be understood toconvey only that the highereducation institution meets theEAHEA s educational standards.Such recognition is not in any wayintended to substitute legalauthorization, recognition orregulation, through compliancewith local government laws. Legalauthorization, recognition orregulation, and governmentaccreditation occur in the contextof different reviews.Institutional Accreditation: TheEAHEA accredited institution isevaluated as a whole entity or inevery specific program offered.Thus, the EAHEA accreditationstatus is programmatic and it maybe useful for the approval ofspecific programs (not for licensingof professions).Accreditation 8

Global & International Scope: The EAHEA accreditation focuses primarily oneducational quality from a global and international perspective, not narrow interests,or political action, or educational fashions.The EAHEA is aware of the differences among countries that may arise in regards tofulfilling the quality standards set forth, so EAHEA will examine each higher educationinstitution expecting their institutional autonomy and following a non-discriminatorypolicy. Due to this global policy, the EAHEA is not part of any country s governmentalagencies. Academic mobility and credit transferability of accredited institutions willalways be subject to the receiving country or institution policy.Rights of The EAHEA Accredited InstitutionsThe EAHEA accredited institutions are entitled to:Claim Accreditation by the EAHEA.Use the EAHEA name and seal.Receive an accreditation certification.Be listed on the EAHEA website as an accredited member.The EAHEA website will provide a link to the accredited member website.Use the EAHEA monitoring and feedback services.Be periodically informed of any comments received on its behalf.Get an invoice for tax deduction purposes.Promote your institution through the EAHEA Education Network.Access EAHEA News Alerts and Newsletter.Get discounts for all EAHEA sponsored events.Accreditation 9

Any educational institution thatintends to earn the accreditationstatus from the European Agency forHigher Education & Accreditationmust demonstrate compliance,through the application foraccreditation (Self AssessmentReport), with the education qualitystandards set forth by the EuropeanAgency for Higher Education &Accreditation.ACCREDITATIONPROCESSAccreditation 10

1. Application for Accreditation: The European Agency for Higher Education &Accreditation has prepared an application for accreditation that will guide theapplicant institutions in the preparation of the Self Study Report and the requireddocumentary evidence. The applicant may apply online for accreditation andanswer the required questions.This application is a legally binding contract between the European Agency forHigher Education & Accreditation and the applicant institution that states the rightsand obligations of both parties.The applicant institution may submit the application for verification of itsaccreditation eligibility with pay the Secretary fee. Once the EAHEA Secretaryconfirms the eligible options, the applicant institution is entitled to pay theAccreditation fee.The European Agency for Higher Education & Accreditation will not start anyaccreditation process without the corresponding application and paying theSecretary fee.2. Consideration of Eligibility: Accreditation focuses on higher education institutesand vocational institutions. An eligible member must be any kind of organization,entity, or company properly authorized to conduct educational teaching andcertification, to award postsecondary degrees, certificates, or other educational orprofessional credentials.The entities eligible for accreditation must prepare individuals to achievecompetencies and attain the educational qualifications necessary to beginfunctioning in a specific occupation. In other words, they must prepare individualsin a branch of knowledge, science, art, or business that has application in a specificoccupation, usually requiring significant specialized training or profession.Accreditation 11

The Secretary will review the online application form and want to see some requireddocuments. The applicant may download and print the required documents, thenfill them out and finally send them out to the EAHEA Secretary by email (doc, pdf,or jpg formats are accepted).3. Accreditation Fees: The institution of education applying for accreditation to theEuropean Agency for Higher Education & Accreditation must pay the accreditationfee once the eligibility has been confirmed by the EAHEA Secretary, and before anyactual evaluation of the accreditation process starts. (For details, look at the bottomof the page.4. Evaluation Process: The European Agency for Higher Education & AccreditationSecretary will review and grade the application for accreditation and attacheddocuments for the assessment of how each standard is addressed by the applicanteducational institution. Each standard is graded on a 0 to 4 scale.The evaluation of each standard is graded according to the following scale:4 - Outstanding: No need for improvement.3 - Standard: May improve.2 - Acceptable: Requires improvement.1 - Insufficient: Not meeting the minimums.0 - Null: Failed to comply with this requirement.Accreditation 12

5. Interview or Site Visit: If deemednecessary, the Commission Member mayrequire an interview (online or face-toface) with the appointed representativeof the applicant educational institution orarrange a site visit from a member of thecommission. This action is usuallyscheduled if the material provided by theapplicant is insufficient for a clearjudgment, or further clarification aboutspecific accreditation standards. Thetravel costs and expenses related to theinterview or site visit will be paid by theapplicant educational institution. Theinterview or site visit goals, schedule, andbudget will be settled in advance by theEuropean Agency for Higher Education &Accreditation Secretary in consultationwith the applicant. Usually, a 1-2 hoursonline interview or 1-day visit will beenough to resolve any concerns.6. Announcement: The European Agencyfor Higher Education & AccreditationSecretary will communicate the results ofthe initial evaluation results status to themembers of the Commission. Themembers of the Commission have 30days since the announcement to reviewand amend the conclusions and grades ofthe initial accreditation report.Accreditation 13

7. Conclusion: The European Agency for Higher Education & AccreditationSecretary will communicate the results of the accreditation status and any gradeamendments from the Commission Members to the president of the EAHEA. Thepresident will review the accreditation report to resolve any discrepancies that mayhave occurred during the standards grading. The final grades of the accreditationreport are endorsed by the president of the European Agency for Higher Education& Accreditation.The EAHEA Secretary will inform the new applicant educational institution of theconclusions of the accreditation report and will provide suggestions, if applicable.In the case that full accreditation is gained, the European Agency for HigherEducation & Accreditation Secretary will send the corresponding accreditationcertificate.In any case, the detailed accreditation report is always sent to the applicant.The resulting average will determine the accreditation status:Full accreditation: Final average ranging 3,0 - 4,0. Requires re-accreditation reviewevery five years.Conditional accreditation: Final average ranging 2,0 - 2,9. This is a one-year-longtemporary status. The educational institution must undergo a new re-accreditationreview within 12 months of conditional accreditation. If full accreditation is notachieved in this review, the accreditation status will be denied.Denial of accreditation: Final average ranging 0,0 - 1,9. The AccreditingCommission will explain the reasons for the denial. The accreditation fee is notrefundable in this situation. Any educational institution, in this case, may reapplyfor accreditation after a 12-month-period.Accreditation 14

ACCREDITATIONBENEFITSBenefits of the Accreditation fromEAHEA:1. Improvement: The accreditedmember institution going through theself-assessment process guided by theEuropean Agency for Higher Education &Accreditation standards will learn howto further enhance its educationalquality, how to improve its internal andadministrative processes, and how tooptimize its overall outcome.2. Recognition: Each European Agencyfor Higher Education & Accreditationaccredited member institution willreceive an accreditation certificate. Thisstatus may be permanently checked byany third party at the EAHEA website.3. Promotion: The European Agency forHigher Education & Accreditation willpromote its accredited membersthrough the internet and will forwardany request to the appropriateinstitution. The European Agency forHigher Education & Accreditation willfinally reinforce the decision process ofsome potential students by emailingverification of the accreditation status ofits members to any questioner.Accreditation 15

4. Networking: All the EAHEA accredited member institutions aim towards similarquality and long terms goals despite their country of origin. This goal is reassured bythe EAHEA accreditation they share. This fact facilitates the establishment of diversetypes of international cooperation and agreements among member institutions,such as learning from other colleagues around the world, establishing academicsynergies, creating cooperative global market strategies, etc.5. Quality Control: The European Agency for Higher Education & Accreditationaccreditation does not only provide a warranty of academic quality, educationalintegrity, and administrative responsibility of the accredited institutions but alsoensures continuous quality monitoring and feedback. The EAHEA welcomescomplaints, suggestions, and comments related to any member institution. Thesecomments may provide useful and quick feedback to the institution about anyacademic or marketing actions it conducts. Comments are also efficient to help theinstitution in detecting problems as well as to monitor that EAHEA standards arerespected.6. Conflict Resolution: The European Agency for Higher Education & Accreditationmay intervene in several ways in the resolution of conflict within the different layersof the accredited institution. The EAHEA may arbitrate disputes between membersand/or students. The EAHEA may guide and support the institution during periodsof serious difficulty, potential liability, insecurity of continuation, and even possibleshut down. The European Agency for Higher Education & Accreditation advice willbe always aimed to preserve student welfare.Accreditation 16

ACCREDITATIONELIGIBILITYTo be eligible for accreditation by EAHEA, an institution must meet the followingrequirements:It is a formal or distance learning establishment that offers certificates, diplomas,or degrees at all levels.It has an identified body of individuals actively involved in a prescribed learningformat and setting. Programs offered must provide a clearly interactivecomponent of educational methodology appropriate to the subject matter andexpected training outcomes.It can demonstrate continuous, ongoing, and successful operation of theinstitution in the delivery of education and/or training programs for at least oneconsecutive year immediately prior to application. At a minimum, onegraduating class must have completed their training.It has a continuous operation. The term "continuous operation" means that theprincipal educational and training activities of an institution, for whichaccreditation or reaccreditation is sought, have proceeded as scheduled withoutinterruption.Exceptions may be recognized after the fact when the interruption is caused byforces of nature, civil disorder, or abrupt and unforeseeable change in law orregulation affecting the institution.Accreditation 17

An institution may apply for an exception before the fact upon application to theAccrediting Commission and a showing of good cause for the exception.Applications must be submitted in a timely manner, considering thecircumstances, in order to permit proper consideration of the application.It has been under the same ownership and/or control for at least one yearimmediately prior to application. This requirement may be waived by theAccrediting Commission upon provision of acceptable documentation showingthe applicant institution is owned or controlled by an educational organizationwith a reputable history of stable operations and by individuals with extensivecredentials that demonstrate competent administration of an accreditedinstitution.It agrees upon application and accreditation to abide by the EAHEA Bylaws,Principles of Ethics, EAHEA Standards for Accreditation, and EAHEA Standardsfor Accreditation Quality, policies and procedures and to support the goals andintegrity of the accreditation process.It has demonstrated a record of responsible financial management (minimum 1year) with resources sufficient to maintain quality training and educationalservices and to complete the instruction of all enrolled participants.Accreditation 18

Accreditation is a review of the quality of universities, educational institutes, vocational institutions, colleges, schools, distance learning centers, lifelong learning . This accreditation type is only for accredited universities, educational institutes, vocational institutions, online courses, etc., and includes a specific program/course .