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What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains standards requisite for its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. The accreditation process is a means of peer review and professional self-regulation.  It is intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of the university, confirming that it is worthy of public confidence. While this process is mandated, the self-study itself is largely an internal process that presents us with an invaluable opportunity to analyze how we are conducting our affairs and where to improve, where necessary, the ways that we do things.

Why Accreditation?

Education plays a vital role in the development of any nation. Therefore, there is a premium on both quantity (increased access) and quality (relevance and excellence of academic programs offered) of higher education.

As in any other domain, the method to improve quality remains the same. Finding and recognizing new needs and satisfying them with products and services of international standards.

Benefits of Accreditation

  • Helps the institution to know its strengths, weaknesses and opportunities through an informed review process.

  • Identifies internal areas of planning and resource allocation. Enhances collegiality on the campus.

  • Provides, via the outcome, funding agencies objective data for performance funding. Initiates institutions into innovative and modern methods of pedagogy.

  • Gives institutions a new sense of direction and identity.

  • Provides society with reliable information on quality of education offered.

  • Shares with employers access to information on the quality of education offered to potential recruits.

  • Promotes intra- and inter-institutional interactions.

Are there different types of accreditation?

There are two basic types of educational accreditation, one identified as 'institutional' and one referred to as 'specialized' or 'programmatic.' Institutional accreditation normally applies to an entire institution, indicating that each of an institution's parts is contributing to the achievement of the institution's objectives, although not necessarily all at the same level of quality.

Specialized accreditation normally applies to the evaluation of programs, departments, or college which usually are parts of a total collegiate or other post-secondary institution. The unit accredited may be as large as a college within a university or as small as a curriculum within a discipline. Most of the specialized accrediting agencies review units within a post-secondary institution which is accredited by one of the regional accrediting commissions. However, certain of the specialized accrediting agencies accredit professional schools and other specialized or vocational or other post-secondary institutions which are free-standing in their operations. Thus, a "specialized" or "programmatic" accrediting agency may also function in the capacity of an "institutional" accrediting agency. In addition, a number of specialized accrediting agencies accredit educational programs within non-educational settings, such as hospitals.

What are accrediting agencies?

Accrediting agencies are organizations (or bodies) that establish operating standards for educational or professional institutions and programs, determine the extent to which the standards are met, and publicly announce their findings.

Accreditation Goal

Academic Affairs has a major goal to pursue accreditation for all the degree programs for which there are accrediting agencies. This is in pursuit of the University goal to maintain the quality of all educational programs and the University's philosophy of "Quality Management."

International Accreditation Association or Agency Academic Program Date of Achieving Accreditaion Accreditation Type Accrediting Agency Published Standards
College of Business and Economics

AACSB ' The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business'

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • MBA
  • Master of Accounting
  • Management Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Marketing

Fall 2009

Reaccreditation: December 2014

College Level AACSB - Standards Revised Jan 08
College of Arts and Sciences (Baccalaureate and Master Programs)
CHES ' Accreditation of BSc and MSc Environmental Sciences programs by both the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences(CHES) and the Institute of Environmental Sciences (IES) UK.

Environmental Sciences Program (BSc. and MSc.) June 2012
Fully Accredited
Program Level CHES Accreditation Guidance
ACEJMC ' Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication'

Mass Communication Program Spring 2013 Program Level ACEJMC Assessment Guide
ACEJMC Principles of Accreditation
ACEJMC Accreditation Standards
NAACLS ' National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences'

Biomedical Sciences Program

September 2008
Fully Accredited

Spring 2013 Reaccredited

Program Level NAACLS Standards CLS-MT 
NAACLS Self-study Paper Review CLS-MT
RSS ' Royal Statistical Society'

Statistics Program Spring 2011

Program Level

RSS Accreditation Instructions
Recognition Scheme
UK QA in Higher Education
CSC ' Canadian Society for Chemistry'

Chemistry Program

Spring 2009

Spring 2015 Reaccredited

Program Level

CSC Accreditation Guidelines
ABA Interpretation 301-6

ACEND - Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (granted Candidacy for accreditation under ACEND's 2012 Foreign Dietitian Education (FDE) standards)

Human Nutrition, BS Summer 2014 Program Level  
College of Education

IRTE ' International Recognition in Teacher Education'


  • Primary Education Program, BE
  • Secondary Education Program, BE
  • Diploma in Early Childhood
  • Diploma in Special Education
  • Diploma in Primary Education
  • Diploma in Secondary Education
  • Master of Education in SpecialEducation
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
Fall 2010 College Level IRTE Manual 2008
NCATE  Standards 2008
NCATE PDS Standards

Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)

  • B.Ed. in Primary
  • Education
    Diploma in Primary Education
2014 Program Level  

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Diploma in Special Education 2014 Program Level  

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Diploma in Early Childhood Education 2014 Program Level  
College of Pharmacy
CCAPP ' Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Program'

Pharmacy, BSc

PharmD Program

Spring 2012

Spring 2014

Program Level CCAPP Standards 2006
Application 2004
Comprehensive Internal Review Guide 2006

Accreditation Standards for Continuing Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

Foundation Program
CEA  'The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation'

English April 2010 Program Level CEA Standards
CEA Standards International
CEA International Policies and Procedures
CEA International Application
College of Engineering
Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Computer Engineering
  Undergraduate Program Level  
Accredited by The Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Computer Science   Undergraduate Program Level  
College of Law

British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education

Institutional accreditation from the BAC, accrediting Qatar University College of Law "as an Independent Higher Education Institution"

four years (maximum duration of accreditation),

valid until 31 July 2020

Institutional accreditation Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education
High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education in France Accreditation for the Bachelor of Law program from the HCERES

five years (maximum duration of accreditation), valid until the end of the academic year 2020- 2021

Programmatic accreditation Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education