EQAC - Education Quality Accreditation Commission
The EQAC - Education Quality Accreditation Commission, grants recognition of educational quality to all the institutions that meet their standards through a voluntary, non-governmental guided self-regulation that is called accreditation. Accreditation of an institute guarantees that the learning offered by that institute is of uniform and sound quality. The accreditation from the Education Quality Accreditation Commission want to relate each educational institution own structure and procedures with an efficient way to guarantee their accountability.
The Education Quality Accreditation Commission (EQAC) was established with a mission to promote the development and maintenance of educational quality and ethical standards in higher education and training programs. The development was made possible by means of standard-setting, evaluation, and consultation processes. The Education Quality Accreditation Commission identifies and accredits educational and training institutions that have attained and maintained the standards deemed necessary to operate according to our established education quality and accreditation criteria. The EQAC is committed to promote high standards of education, to recognize professional excellence, and to provide an invaluable guide to education quality and recognition in the complex sector of worldwide education.
Eligibility for Accreditation
As per EQAC, an eligible institution must be any kind of organization, entity or company properly authorized to conduct higher educational teaching and certification, to award postsecondary degrees, certificates or other educational or professional credentials. The entities eligible for accreditation must prepare individuals to achieve competencies and attain the educational qualifications necessary to begin functioning in a specific occupation.
EQAC Full Accreditation
Any educational institution seeking accreditation by the EQAC must demonstrate through the application for accreditation and self assessment report (SSR) that it meets EQAC's standards.
The Education Quality Accreditation Commission provides the applicant educational institution with a thoughtful guidance to assist the institution in finding its own approaches and solutions and meet the EQAC standards. The Commission makes a clear distinction between what is required for accreditation and what is recommended for improvement of the educational institution.
The evaluation of each standard is graded according to the following scale:
- 4 - OUTSTANDING > No need for improvement.
- 3 - STANDARD > May improve.
- 2 - ACCEPTABLE > Requires improvement.
- 1 - INSUFFICIENT > Not meeting the minimums.
- 0 - NULE > Failed to comply with this requirement.
EQAC has provided accreditation to ACT based on the following standards set forth by the EQAC itself:
A. ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITY ACCREDITATION
2. Legal authorization
3. Accreditation, recognition and references
5. Financial stability
6. Qualified staff
7. Educational values & ethics
8. Permanent quality control
9. Continuous improvement
B. INSTITUTIONAL INTEGRITY ACCREDITATION
1. Information & Veracity
2. Admission Procedures
3. Legal contract
5. Post-Graduate Service
C. ACADEMIC QUALITY ACCREDITATION
1. Courses / Programs description
2. Hours of study
3. Course objectives or expected learning outcomes
4. Course contents & materials
5. Course delivery & availability
6. Course update
7. Teaching methodology
8. Tutorial or guidance
9. Teachers proficiency
10. Assessment & Evaluation
11. Certificate or diploma
12. Transcript or equivalent
The EQAC Advantage for ACT
One of the biggest advantages of the EQAC accreditation is that the EQAC accreditation given under the authority of European Union and United States of America, is an important recognition because it gives the assurance to the public, in particular to prospective students, that we, as an education provider, meet quality educational standards in the global market. From now on the graduates may also validate the degrees & diplomas earned at Asian College of Teachers. This is a very much appreciated added value to our training programs.
Furthermore, the EQAC accredited institutions are entitled to:
1. Claim Accreditation by the EQAC.
2. Use the EQAC name and seal.
3. Receive an accreditation diploma.
4. Be listed on the EQAC Web as an Accredited member.
5. The EQAC Web will provide a link to the accredited member web.
6. Use the EQAC monitoring and feedback services.
7. Be periodically informed of any comments received on its behalf.
8. Get a fee invoice for tax deduction purposes.
9. Promote your institution through the EQAC Education Network.
Benefits of the EQAC Accreditation include:
The accredited member institution going through the self-assessment process guided by the Education Quality Accreditation Commission standards will learn how to further enhance its educational quality, how to improve its internal and administrative processes and how to optimize its overall outcome.
Each Education Quality Accreditation Commission accredited member institution will receive a recognition diploma certifying the accreditation. This status may be permanently checked by any third party at the EQAC website.
The Education Quality Accreditation Commission will promote its accredited members through the Internet and will forward any request to the appropriate institution. The Education Quality Accreditation Commission will finally reinforce the decision process of some potential students by emailing verification of the accreditation status of its members to any questioner.
All the EQAC accredited member institutions aim towards a similar quality and long-term goals despite of their country of origin. This goal is reassured by the EQAC accreditation they share. This fact facilitates the establishment of diverse types of international cooperation and agreements among member institutions, such as learning from other colleagues around the world, establishing academic synergies, creating cooperative global market strategies, etc...
e. Quality Control
The Education Quality Accreditation Commission accreditation does not only provide a warranty of academic quality, educational integrity and administrative responsibility of the accredited institutions, but also ensures a continuous quality monitoring and feedback. The EQAC welcomes complaints, suggestions and comments related to any member institution. These comments may provide useful and quick feedback to the institution about any academic or marketing actions it conducts. Comments are also efficient to help the institution in detecting problems as well as to monitor that EQAC standards are respected.
f. Conflict Resolution
The Education Quality Accreditation Commission may intervene in several ways in the resolution of conflict within the different layers of the accredited institution. The EQAC may arbitrate disputes between members and/or students. The EQAC may guide and support the institution during periods of serious difficulty, potential liability, insecurity of continuation and even possible shut down. The Education Quality Accreditation Commission advice will always be aimed to preserve the student welfare.