BE AWARE OF ACCREDITATION SCAMS!
Yes it is all about scamming to make a quick buck using quality benchmarks of accreditation riding on credible accreditation systems of worth. Gullible schools keen on riding the bandwagon of "global quality" and International accreditation become easy target for these scamsters who print and provide extremely glossy display certificates for a fraction of the cost to get an international accreditation certification. Of course the schools would lose its credibility with its stakeholders by displaying such dubious credentials in their communication and home page.
HOW NOT TO FALL INTO THE ACCREDITATION SCAM
Simple thumb rule to follow is check how much time you take to get a certification? The longer it is recommended more credible it gets. Also find out whether there is a graded quality intervention over a period supervised by mentors and accreditation advisory team from the accrediting agency. Isnt this so difficult before committing your hard earned investment?
Be aware that like in most sectors, even in International Accreditation there are different players answering different sets of quality and utility. You will appreciate that accreditation is a process and it should grow the school from point A to point B before the school is recognised and certified as being accredited by the mentoring institution.
The process is carried out through strict supervision from external faculty mentor backed by a peer team of experts drawn from around the world. The peer visit also happens at the end of the accreditation cycle which may happen between two to seven year period depending upon the accreditation agency processes you choose and also your own state of preparedness to seek accreditation.
Given all the above any accreditation system promising to give accreditation on a single inspection based on the data you supply amounts to nothing more than Ranking and Rating by media at best. Besides the accrediting agency has to be first validated and recognised by a neutral or government authority which is not the case with the accreditation system you cited. Please look up the CHEA link in USA for hotlisted accreditation agency for your information.
Consequences of not using a legitimate accreditation body can very serious as accreditation is the route through with much of the regulatory system around the world works.
You can also the status of any accreditation agency of doubtful standing in the following link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unrecognized_higher_education_accreditation_organizations
The International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) is a world-wide association of organisations that is active in the theory and practice of quality assurance (QA) in higher education (HEIs) in their weblink have the following to say about accreditation mills:
Quality assurance agencies in higher education exist for many purposes. One area of their responsibility is checking that institutions or programs meet certain criteria, requirements or standards, or achieve certain levels of performance. This task is commonly called accreditation, but other terms exist, such as assessment, licensure, recognition, authorisation, etc. Accreditation checks can be mandated by government or required by other organisations, and can be for the purpose, inter alia, of
triggering funding of an institution or program
enabling students to receive grants and loans
recognising degrees and diplomas by the government
authorising employment of graduates
preventing or closing an institution
The accreditation process is intended to prevent the creation or continuation of poor quality programs or institutions, and hence it is a consumer protection mechanism. Some institutions are genuine but of poor quality, and some institutions (often called degree mills or diploma mills) purport to provide qualifications, at a price, but the qualification is worthless because the ‘institution’ requires insufficient – perhaps no – work to achieve it.
Council for Higher education accreditation while posing the question How can I determine if an institution or program is accredited by a recognized accrediting organization? has the following observation.
“Accreditation” is a process of external quality review used by higher education to scrutinize colleges, universities and educational programs for quality assurance and quality improvement. In the United States, accreditation is carried out by private, non-profit organizations designed for this specific purpose. Institutions and educational programs seek accredited status as a means of demonstrating their academic quality to students and the public and to become eligible for federal funds. Please visit the CHEA pages for more details
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