National Accreditation Board

Established as the principal body dispensing advice and recommendations on the accreditation and recognition of post-secondary and tertiary educational and training institutions, The National Accreditation Board (NAB) is committed to the promotion of the quality and standards higher education and training in Dominica. The National accreditation Board oversees and assesses the quality of post-secondary and tertiary educational institutions and the programs they offer, with the aim of enhancing the academic quality and training offered in Dominica.

The National Accreditation Board is responsible for improving the quality of education in Dominica, ensuring that stakeholders obtain value for their investments in post-secondary and tertiary education. It also facilitates enhanced social, cultural and economic development as high-quality institutions are able to produce world-class graduates who are prepared to face the intractable global challenges and lead the world. Also, the National accreditation Board promotes a culture of research and innovation in the local tertiary and post-secondary education field.

Accreditation

Accreditation is the status awarded to an educational institution or programme that conforms to an accreditation agency’s stated evaluation criteria. A voluntary process, it is used to assess the quality of the institution or program. Institutions and programmes that are not accredited are not recognized globally, nor do they enjoy public confidence and reputation. Self-evaluation and external evaluation are the major components of the accreditation process. Self-evaluation, which is an internal self-study done by the institution, documents and reports on how the institution has met the criteria NAB established to grant accreditation. In contrast, external evaluation is carried out by expert evaluators appointed by the National Accreditation Board. The NAB has an alliance with national regulatory bodies for the professions, which helps to ensure that the requirements for programme accreditation are related to the current requirements for licensure and professional practice. Specialised or programme accreditation, which evaluates specific educational programmes, leads to the award of qualifications at the post-secondary and tertiary level and is primarily undertaken by specialised accrediting bodies or professional bodies.

Conferment of institutional title—which is the approval granted by the National Accreditation Board for institutions—helps to carry titles protected under a particular provision. The National accreditation Board is responsible for dispensing advice on the criteria that institution must meet to carry protected titles it wishes to carry on the basis of quality criteria in line with global standards. While conferring a title, the National Accreditation Board places huge importance to both quantitative and qualitative evidence provided by the institution seeking the title. This is done to ensure that the institution is able to maintain high educational standards. The National Accreditation Board encourages continuous quality improvement of institutions in Dominica, through groundbreaking research and activities that help comply with the global standards, build institutional capacity and dissemination of international best practice. What’s more, the accreditation board exhorts institutions to adopt a well-designed approach to improve its cadmic standards. The National accreditation Board conducts events and public forums which help institutions to meet and exceed the highest academic standards.

How IAO Enjoys an Edge over NAB

International Accreditation Organization, one the world’s leading accreditation agencies, enjoys an edge over the National accreditation Board in more ways than one. First, unlike NAB, IAO grants accreditation not only to distance learning institutes, but also traditional institutes across the globe that meet its stringent criteria. A number of online and offline institutes have sought IAO accreditation and are enjoying worldwide popularity and recognition. Additionally, the IAO offers a range of benefits to IAO evaluation commission members, including IAO's certificate, a dedicated webpage and member area, an opportunity to work for improvement of academic standards worldwide, a chance to participate in our global events, an opportunity to develop yourself professionally, and access to free copies of IAO's regional publications.

What’s more, unlike the National Accreditation Board, IAO grants accreditation based on its highly effective and transparent evaluation system known as Points Profile score which is designed by leading experts and scholars. At IAO, accreditation is a very simple process and institutes can earn accreditation in a few simple steps provided they meet the IAO’s stringent and uncompromising quality standards. Moreover, as well as granting regional and international accreditation, IAO also offers a slew of benefits to an institute such as international accreditation with regional recognition, international promotion & access to IAO's publications, professional development opportunity, IAO's full accreditation certificate & seal, and more.

That’s not it! IAO also provides graduates looking to enter the corporate world with a range of free career services like resume writing services, interview and career guide. IAO is privileged to have in its team skilled and talented writers who can craft industry-specific resumes exactly according to your requirements. To their credit, they have written thousands of resumes for a variety of professionals from a wide range of fields. Not just that, IAO also offers free career tips, which will help students land a fulfilling job in today’s hypercompetitive business environment. The wide range of free career services that IAO offers bears testimony to the fact that it has a deep commitment to raising quality standards and helping graduates secure jobs commensurate with their talents and skills. A large number of educational institutes have gained IAO’s accreditation and are enjoying public trust and global recognition.


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