Accreditation Explained

Accreditation is the status granted to an institution or programme that has been found, through self-study and peer review, to meet or exceed stated guidelines of educational quality.

Accreditation is a voluntary activity that promotes self-elevation, self-regulation and accountability. The role of the accrediting body is to ensure quality through encouraging the improvement of educational standards.

There are two types of accreditation: Institutional and Programmatic.

  1. Institutional accreditation is accreditation of the whole institution and speaks to the general quality of the institution.
  2. Programmatic accreditation, on the other hand, evaluates the quality of specific programmes of study offered by an institution. The NAC effects programme accreditation; however a process of institutional assessment must precede accreditation of any programme in an institution.