What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a traditional role of governments in ensuring that higher education provision is in line with minimum requirements of quality. It provides a significant measure of consumer protection, by eliminating from the system those institutions that do not fulfill basic quality condition, serves to legitimize new HEIs, by providing a quality stamp to those HEIs which have shown they meet threshold standards. Accreditation is all about the fulfillment of certain conditions.
HERQA’s accreditation refers to permission granted to a private higher education institution to function for three years based on an assessment of an institution’s program(s) by experts from selected HEIs and HERQA on the basis of human, material and financial input and the curriculum(s) the PHEI has put in place. Reaccreditation on the other hand refers to permission granted to a private higher education institution to function for five further years beginning from the end of the accreditation period. This is based on an assessment of the program(s) of the institution for which it had been granted accreditation by experts from HERQA and selected HEIs on the basis of the self evaluation document and the status of the human, material and financial input the PHI has put in place.