What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is…

  • a concept based on self-regulation which focuses on evaluation and the continuing improvement of educational quality.
  • a process by which institutions or programs continuously upgrade their educational quality and services through self-evaluation and the judgment of peers.
  • a status granted to an educational institution or program which meets commonly accepted standards of quality or excellence.

WHAT ARE THE BASIC CHARACTERISTICS OF ACCREDITATION?

The basic characteristics of accreditation are:

a)     its prevailing sense of volunteerism;

b)     its strong tradition of self-regulation;

c)     its reliance on evaluation techniques;

d)     its primary concern with quality.

WHY PRIVATE, VOLUNTARY ACCREDITATION?

In general, all educational institutions in thePhilippinesgo through one form of accreditation – “recognized by the government.”  Government recognition is, however, inadequate for purposes of identifying and determining educational quality.  Thus, private voluntary accreditation provides the opportunity for an educational institution to attain standards above those prescribed as minimum requirements by the government.