How to Get Online Accreditation

Accreditation is important for any institute to establish its credibility among students and professionals alike looking to pursue education in their respective fields. It’s a voluntary process and it’s the choice of every institute whether it should seek accreditation or reaccreditation or not. To get accreditation, it’s important that an institute conforms to global educational standards and provide its students with a learning-oriented environment coupled with world-class facilities.

The process of online accreditation is complex and requires a few steps. The very first step is to obtain the accreditation handbook, review application, and enroll and complete course. To qualify as a compliance officer, a responsible person must enroll in and complete the online procedure. S/he then writes a self-evaluation report which is prepares in accordance with the provisions of the “Guide to Self-Evaluation.” The SER provides information on all spheres of an institution’s operation, history, program offerings, student services, finances, etc. The self-assessment includes a wide collection of relevant data on all areas of the institution. What’s more, it should be a thorough document that highlights particular challenges and strengths an institution faces, revealing the philosophy, organization, particular practices and procedures, the success of different operations, and the outcomes of the educational process such as the extent to which the institution is fulfilling its specific objectives. The Self-Evaluation Report underscores all the bad and good points about the institution seeking online accreditation. And that’s what the accrediting commission is actually looking for: a candid self-evaluation of the institution. Although the Compliance Officer is the major person responsible for overseeing the writing of SER, it is better that more people are hired for this purpose, as preparing the SER is a great learning experience for everyone. This helps the evaluators to find out who they should interview during the on-site visit. The Self-Evaluation Report may take only a few months for a small institute, while it takes as many as 9 months for a large institution. Since SER is a key document in the institution’s quest for online accreditation, institutions are advised to take adequate time for writing, editing and revising it.

Another step is to submit the application and other required information, with the institution seeking online accreditation submitting application with the application fee. Thereafter, initial applicants undergo readiness assessment. Which means that the institution submits two copies of the draft of its SER within 60 days of the date of application. The evaluator reviews the SER and writes a report mentioning if the institution is considered appropriate for online accreditation, it will undergo a full on-site visit. If evaluators find the institution unsuitable for online accreditation, then the latter will improve problem areas prior to proceeding with the accreditation. Once this is done, the institution seeking online accreditation submits course materials, while the evaluator schedules on-site visit and surveys students. A new applicant for accreditation is required to submit one complete set of each course, while the institution undergoing a reaccreditation examination must submit one complete set of all course materials. Subject specialists are then chosen to review and report on the applicant institution’s course materials. Although generally these reviews occur in the subject expert’s home or workplace, if an institute offers a combination distance study-resident program, or has an extensive range of courses, then more than one subject experts are assigned to visit the institution for an on-site review of course materials.

Once this is done, the institution seeking online accreditation then submits Self-Evaluation Report. The institute should do it at least 10 days prior to the on-site visit. Then the examining committee is selected, which generally comprises educators, executives, and practitioners in business, technical, and service fields. Afterwards, the institution undergoes on-site visit and examiners write reports. Each examiner thoroughly reviews the self-evaluation report before making the on-site visit, ensuring s/he knows much about the institute seeking online accreditation. It’s important that all important staff members are present or available, such as faculty, principal, principal managers, to extend their full cooperation to the visiting members.

After the visit, the chair writes and submits report. The purpose of the report is to present to the accrediting commission complete facts and figures about the institution surveyed. The report contains strengths and weaknesses of the institution seeking online accreditation, and lists committee findings and recommendations on how the latter could improve its programs and other facilities. The report is then sent to the institution for its comment or feedback, which can respond to the recommendations or findings within 14 days of the visit. Finally, the commission reviews, takes action and announces decision about whether or not to grant accreditation to the institution. Once a final decision is made, the institution is informed within 10 days, and if the commission denies or withdraws accreditation, the institution is sent a statement detailing reasons for the denial.


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