What is an accreditation?

It is a tool that induces continuous improvement within an educational entity, since it acknowledges the general quality of its academic program. In this process, international standards are used which apply rigorous evaluation criteria.

Those who grant accreditation have the responsibility of establishing criteria, visiting and evaluating institutions, and delivering accreditations to those who meet the established parameters. Additionally, successfully passing an accreditation process ensures that the school has been evaluated in terms of its academic excellence, recruitment, admissions and faculty, among other aspects.

Accreditation benefits:

  • Ensure the quality of the education programs taught.
  • Promote higher levels of institutional quality and efficiency.
  • Provide a system of public accountability and reliability.
  • Reflect a process of continuous improvement.
  • Allow better access to higher education.

Types of accreditation

There are two main types of accreditation:

1. Institutional:

Institutional accreditation is obtained when the standards specified by the entity in charge of accreditation are met. This means that the effectiveness of the entire educational operation of a school – including its academic, administrative and related services – has been reviewed and certified. In addition, it guarantees a high level of quality that is recognized throughout the world of education.

2. Specialized:

When an institution has an Institutional Accreditation, it normally seeks Specific Accreditation, oriented at more specific areas, such as a department, program or academic area, with standards focused on its subject.

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