What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a process wherein independent or non-governmental agencies give acknowledgement to schools or programs that meet specifically designed criteria. The primary purposes of accreditation are to ensure that an institution or course conform to general expectations and to assist institutions to continually improve the quality of their courses.

Benefits of Accreditation

Although there is no law requiring distance learning providers to have their courses accredited, doing so proves to bring several benefits not only to providers, but to learners and funding bodies as well.

Benefits of Accreditation to Distance Learning Providers

  • Opportunity for performance and practices to be professionally evaluated, which, in turn, allows for heightened awareness of potential problems and continuous improvement in services offered.
  • Better commitment to providing quality courses, practices and culture to learners and staff.
  • Enhanced reputation for the accredited organization/course, as the display of an accreditation logo is an indication that the organization/course has achieved a certain level of quality practice.
  • A move towards obtaining more state of the art technologies for more efficient service delivery and time use.
  • Reduction of complaints and better defense against risk and liability exposure.
  • Increased advocacy from the community and consistent support from the government and private foundations.

Benefits of Accreditation to Students

  • Assurance that practices, materials, and other educational activities implemented within a course meet or exceed established standards.
  • Opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills that will prepare the learner to be career-ready.
  • Better career prospects, as more and more employers seek to hire applicants from accredited programs.

Benefits of Accreditation to Stakeholders/ Funding Bodies

  • Assurance that the courses provided by the organization are well structured and implemented, thereby guaranteeing return on investment.
  • Minimized need for frequent audits since annual audited financial statements are included in accreditation requirements.
  • Increased satisfaction due to improved effectiveness and efficiency of all aspects of the organization.