EQAC - EDUCATION QUALITY ACCREDITATION COMMISSION
EDUCATION QUALITY ACCREDITATION COMMISSION
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ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITY ACCREDITATION
The accreditation of administrative responsibility refers to results associated with the legal status, facilities, financial stability and staff of the institution as well as its commitment to ethical values and continuous improvement. The applicant higher education institution must demonstrate its administrative capacity, stability and responsibility.
The following set of standards will guide the institution to achieve the desired administrative responsibility.
The educational institution identifies its legal name, foundation date, missions statement, the type of education offered (traditional education, adult education, distance learning, part-time residential learning, professional training, etc...), current number of students enrolled and current number of graduates.
A2. Legal authorization.
The educational institution is legally authorized to conduct its educational activities according to the laws and procedures of the corresponding country, state and/or province.The Education Quality Accreditation Commission requires that the educational institution provides proof of its legal status. Copies of the certificate of incorporation, articles of the institution, letters of authorization from governmental bodies or any other relevant documents attaining to its legal status may be used as a proof. If applicable the educational institution should also explain in a brief report what are the specific legal requirements and policy of its country of origin such as the laws, norms and/or government departments involved.
A3. Accreditation, recognition and references.
The educational institution must describe any third party references that attain to its education quality such memberships in relevant professional bodies, accreditation, recognition, organizational approvals from third parties, quality assurance certifications. Proof of these references must be provided in the form of a copy of the corresponding letter or certificate or with an active verifiable Internet link to the organization.
The physical situation, transportation and facilities provided at the center are suitable for its users and for the activities conducted by the educational institution. Facilities are open to users at clearly specified and appropriate times which take into account any special needs of its users. User have convenient and accessible communication with the staff. There is a manager who has overall responsibility for running the center daily.The Education Quality Accreditation Commission requires that the educational institution provides a brief description of its situation, transportation and facilities, as well as working hours, study timetables, yearly schedules and the name of the staff manager.
A5. Financial stability.
The educational institution is financially responsible and can meet its obligations to learners. It should have a corporate and financial plan for its future development. Where the educational activity is embedded in a larger body, this plan may be for the body as a whole.The Education Quality Accreditation Commission suggests that it should also have adequate insurance to cover its liabilities and responsibilities to learners and third parties, and appropriate contingency and recovery plans. The EQAC recommends that the educational institution provides a financial & business plan detailing business and professional development for the past three years as well as the planning of the following 3 years.
A6. Qualified staff.
All staff are suitable for the positions they hold, and possess appropriate qualifications and experience. Steps are taken to ensure such qualifications and experience. Learners are supported by suitably qualified staff at all times the educational institution is open.The Education Quality Accreditation Commission requires an organizational chart displaying the names, positions and duties of the educational institution staff and the education qualifications and professional experience of all staff working at the educational institution at managerial level.
A7. Educational values & ethics.
The educational institution demonstrates a high commitment to educational values. This should be evident in any corporate, strategic or marketing objectives the educational institution adopts. Its actions should at all times be compatible with those educational values. The educational institution should also be committed to the continuous professional development of its staff and teachers, and adopts widely accepted norms of good business and employment practice. Copyright of student work should always belong to the students, and subsequently it can not be used without their written permission.The Education Quality Accreditation Commission suggest that the educational institution has a clear, fair and effective procedure for dealing with complaints and refunds, and that has control over the use and storage of data, student records and copyrights. The educational institution does not discriminate, directly or indirectly, sex, race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, or religious or political belief.
A8. Permanent quality control.
The educational institution notifies and encourages its students and graduates to contact the EQAC and communicate their satisfaction, complains or suggestions about their learning experience. All comments will be used for the permanent improvement of the accredited institution and to monitor that the EQAC policies are respected.The Education Quality Accreditation Commission suggests that all students and applicants from the accredited institution should know that they are welcome to contact EQAC at any time, to provide a report on their satisfaction or complains.
A9. Continuous improvement.
This standard speaks to the awareness of needed improvement which is a direct result of the self-study process. There is no one preferred method of addressing this standard. Rather, the "planning for change and scrutiny for improvement" will often emerge from the internal evaluative mechanisms during the accreditation process in the context of the educational institution itself.The Education Quality Accreditation Commission encourages purposeful change and improvement through the self-study process conducted by the higher education institution. The EQAC also suggests that the educational institution routinely maintain effective checks and control to foster continuing public confidence and improvement.