ACCREDITATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE (STATUS OF THE INSTITUTION)
Sources of information on institution/ programme status
The information helpful to establish the status of an institution and/or programme
can be found in the following sources:
- educational documentation:
- qualification: in countries with an official format for qualifications, only fully
recognised institutions (public and private) are allowed to issue an official (state)
qualification (e.g. Ukraine, Russian Federation);
- statement/certificate issued as temporary proof of completion (when the qualification
is awarded after the actual end of the study programme);
- transcript: this may contain information regarding the accreditation status and
the name of the accreditation agency;
- Diploma Supplement: this usually contains information about the status, accreditation
and quality assurance system in a given country in chapter 2.3., 2.4 and 8 of the
Diploma Supplement model. For more information, please turn to topic 6: “Diploma
Supplement (and other information tools) on page 32;
- website of the awarding institution.
It is recommended to double-check the information provided by the awarding institution
with other official sources.
- national official sources:
- website of the accreditation /quality assurance bodies;
- website of the ministry of education;
- websites of the associations of accreditation/quality assurance agencies, e.g. the
website of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation of United States of America
- official national publications regarding the education system.
- international official sources
- websites of international organizations, like UNESCO (http://en.unesco.org/ );
- websites of credential evaluator networks, like the ENIC and NARIC Networks (www.enic-naric.net);
- publications containing information about the national education systems/accreditation
and recognition, such as:
- websites of international organizations and information tools regarding quality
assurance and accreditation, such as:
Need to use official, reliable, up-to-date sources
Always make sure that the source of information is official and up-to date because
educational systems often change and so does the status of an institution and /or
programme. Also check whether the author of the publication has adequate expertise
in the field.
If the requested information cannot be found in the available resources contact
the competent authority in a given country, such as the ENIC-NARIC centre, the Ministry
of Education, the accreditation agency and the awarding institution.