What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a quality assurance process of educational institutions and/or programs to ensure they meet certain established standards. It is carried out by external bodies, such as government agencies or professional organizations. To earn accreditation, the educational institution is thoroughly examined and reviewed by the accrediting agency to ensure specific standards are met. After earning accreditation, universities are reviewed regularly to ensure they are maintaining high educational standards.

By providing assurance of quality, accreditation can help students choose a suitable university or program and make sure their qualifications are recognized by employers. It also allows employers to identify job candidates who have completed a program of study that meets certain standards. There are two main types of accreditations: Institutional and specialized program. Institutional accreditation applies to the entire institution, while specialized program applies to specific programs within an institution.

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