The Purpose of Accrediting Agencies

Accrediting agencies came into existence with the purpose of standardizing and improving educational standards of educational institutions all over the world. Currently, many accrediting councils and agencies are providing accreditation to institutions that seek to enhance its credibility among students and members of academic fraternity. Organizations and institutions the world over have gained accreditation from some of the leading accreditation agencies and are now enjoying global recognition and popularity. IAO is one of the leading accreditation agencies and accredits institutions based on its specific criteria. Compared to other accreditation councils and agencies, IAO’s evaluation criteria are rigorous yet simple and effective.

Quality Assurance Standards IAO Follows

IAO’s accreditation body evaluates educational institutions on the basis of an effective system—Points Profile Score—that focuses on enhancing the quality standards by providing a list of recommendations based on a unique point profile system. The quality accreditation body has developed this system in consultation with the regional as well as international accreditation council laying the foundation for education and accreditation. The Points Profile Score also helps an institution’s staff and faculty in the evaluation of key aspects of the programs and majors it offers.

What are the Quality Assurance Standards?

These quality assurance standards ensure, first and foremost, that the applicant should be an educational establishment that properly enrolls students and maintain their academic records; the institutions employs a quality and experienced faculty; provides two-way communication on student work, e.g., evaluating students’ examinations, projects, and/or answering queries, with prompt feedback given to students. Also, the educational establishment may comprise higher education universities and institutes, E-learning/distance learning universities and institutes, career colleges and schools, K-12 schools. The quality assurance standards also make sure that the institute offers various degree, diploma and certificate programs like associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, doctorate degree, undergraduate diploma, graduate diploma, undergraduate certificate, graduate course certificate, and graduate certificate, etc.

IAO Standards

To get the quality accreditation status, the applicant should provide history of the institute such as its foundation date, reason for its establishment, change of names, creation of new divisions, new training sites, and any major changes in ownership and management. It should also list the names and addresses of any individuals or organizations, provide the names and addresses, terms of office, and occupations of any governing board, members. What’s more, it should mention the role of the Board, list their responsibilities, and explain how they help the institution achieve its mission.

How is IAO Different then other accreditation bodies in implementing its standards?

To its credit, IAO is successfully implementing these quality assurance standards approved by the regional accreditation council and providing quality accreditation to all educational institutions based on its stringent evaluation system known as Points Profile score. At IAO, institutes can earn accreditation quite easily provided they meet the IAO’s stringent and uncompromising quality standards. What’s more, in addition to granting regional and international accreditation, IAO as recognized by regional accreditation councils, offers a range 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. IAO being a renowned accreditation body has also collaborated with top accreditation bodies with the aim of enhancing academic standards of both online and offline institutes. To enhance its quality accreditation acceptability, the Points Profile System is developed by putting together the best global organizational practices in one place in consultation with regional accreditation bodies. Moreover, the accreditation body’s system of is regularly updated in order to meet the challenges occurring in the academic, business and professional fields.


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