Independent, non-profit, membership organizations providing accreditation services are responsible for the evaluation and accreditation of eligible on-line institutions, ensuring they meet the stringent standards set by the accrediting bodies.
International University Canada is an accredited institution recognized by two renowned accreditation agencies for on-line education, namely the Board of Online Universities Accreditation (BOUA). All degrees offered by American University, therefore, benefit from having the recognition of these accreditation agencies.
International University Canada has been accredited by the World Online Education Accrediting Commission (WOECA). Following is the certificate that WOEAC issued to International University Canada in recognition of its quality services & ethical online educational practices.
These accrediting agencies and boards were founded with the aim of providing a standard by which distance-education institutions can be judged on the quality of the educational service, educational standards, and ethical business practices they provide.
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a process through which a university maintains and improves its standards and practices. Accrediting organizations develop a criteria or standards by which a university can be measured. It is the responsibility of accrediting organizations to ensure quality, accountability, and improvement in universities that are accredited by them.
Why is accreditation important?
Accreditation is important to various constituent groups because it represents an institution’s commitment to quality education.
Being accredited warrants that an institution meets the quality criteria set by the accreditation agencies. Business and industry leaders are interested in quality universities and consider accreditation status an important factor when hiring.
Citizens are assured of accountability and of value for their tuition dollars knowing their university meets established standards and undergoes regular re-evaluation by teams of professionals whose focus is on university improvement.
What is the purpose of accreditation?
Accreditation serves the following purposes:
• Assuring Quality: Accreditation is the primary means by which colleges, universities, assure education quality to students and the public.
• Source of Improvement: Accreditation provides a stimulus for continuous improvement in educational practices due to the periodic re-evaluation by accrediting agencies.
• Easing Transfer: Accreditation of institutions and programs is important to students for the
smooth transfer of credits among colleges and universities.
• Recognition: Accreditation of institutions and their programs accords them recognition as providers of high-quality education. Federal, state, and local agencies openly refer students to these institutes and encourage students to consider only accredited institutes.
• Engendering Employer Confidence: The accredited status of an institution or program is important to employers when evaluating credentials of job applicants and when providing financial support to current employees seeking additional education.
On what basis is accreditation offered?
Non-governmental agencies or boards establish certain standards required of an institution or university in order to become accredited. Their core function is to promote high-quality distance education by identifying standards that outline the best educational practices. These boards or agencies evaluate the institute or university in the following areas:
• Institution’s mission/vision
• Educational practices
• Financial stability
• Policies and student services
Institutions meeting the standards set for each of these areas are granted accreditation.
How are universities granted accreditation?
Accreditation is offered only to those universities or institutes that meet the strict standards set by the official and semi-official agencies or boards. There are several non-governmental agencies which are highly committed to improving the educational standards of on-line universities, in particular those which are offering degrees based on working adults’ life/work experience or those who test the aptitude of degree-seekers by taking an online equivalency test.