There are a
variety of for-profit and non-profit membership organizations for
accreditation that provide guidance for the evaluation and/or accreditation
of learning programs. These vary greatly in their qualification
requirements and you should review them carefully based on your goals.
Many are listed below. EHSO provides a stringent internal review
program for its overall program and particularly for its interactive
learning platform and completion program. EHSO may seek additional
membership via certain organizations that are consistent with its online
motivational and achievement goals. Such agencies and boards founded
with the aim to provide insight to distance education institutions and in
certain circumstances to judge their quality of motivational service on the
basis of sound standards and reasonable business practices.
What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a process through which a program/school maintains and
improves its standards and practices. Accrediting organizations develop
criteria or standards by which a school can be measured. It is the
responsibility of accrediting organizations to audit programs on the basis
of quality, accountability, and improvement for those organizations that are
accredited by them.
What is the purpose of Accreditation?
Accreditation serves the following purposes:
• Assuring Quality: Accreditation is the primary means by which schools and
programs assure overall quality to students and the public.
• Source of Improvement: Accreditation provides a source and urge for
continuous improvement in the educational practices followed by that
institute, due to the periodic evaluation by the agencies.
• Easing Transfer. Accreditation of institutions and programs is important
(although not a guarantee) to students for smooth transfer of programs among
colleges and universities.
• Recognition: Accreditation of institutions and/or programs recognizes them
as a symbol of high quality in their particular area of focus. Other
organizations/agencies openly refer to these entities thus encouraging
individuals to first consider accredited organizations.
• Engendering Employer Confidence: Accredited status of an institution or
program is important to employers when evaluating credentials of job
On which basis is Accreditation offered?
There are some non-governmental agencies or boards that establish certain
standards which are required to be met by an institution/school in order to
get an accredited status. Their core function is to promote high quality
distance education by identifying standards that outline best educational
practices. These boards or agencies evaluate the institute/school for the
• Educational practices
• Financial stability
• Policies and student services Institutions fulfilling the requirements for
these areas are then granted accreditation.
How is Accreditation granted?
The accreditation is offered to only those programs that meet the strict
standards set by the official and semi-official agencies or boards. These
are typically non-governmental agencies which are highly involved and
committed to improve the overall standards of online or physical programs.
A few of these non-governmental agencies or boards that are
performing accreditation services are as following:
Accrediting Body of Online Schools (IABOS)
• Universal Council for Online Education Accreditation (UCOEA)
• International Accreditation Agency for Online Universities (IAAOU)
• Board of Online Universities Accreditation (BOUA)
• World Online Education Accrediting Commission (WOEAC)
• Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS)
• New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
• Northwest Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (NASCU)
• Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Accreditation generally means that a
school or program has been evaluated by an independent group, and meets that
accrediting agency's standards. As seen, there are many options for
accreditation and the process is VOLUNTARY and it is not "required" to
operate. Often smaller programs
simply cannot afford the cost of such an ongoing review process.
In an effort to
keep from passing on the additional costs, EHSO has not sought nor been
approved by the US DOE, CHEA or DETC organizations and does not represent
itself to be an “Accredited” program of any of these organizations.
EHSO does not provide these accreditation options to its program, as
these additional costs would adversely impact the price of its program.
Generally speaking, accreditation is given to schools/programs that
wish to provide tuition assistance.
EHSO is developing its own tuition assistance program.
EHSO incorporates an internal review or “self-auditing” approach to
assure consistent standards that include but are not limited to:
Create impetus for
organizational improvement and assist in the general rising of diploma
Offer an equal
opportunity for anyone to receive evaluation and education program rather
than a government mandated and regulated testing.
performance of students and advisors and provide motivation to maintain and
improve mutual performance
performance review standards of quality and responsiveness and to increase
customer service to students whose timely review of life experience and
online testing is an important motivator for them engaging our program
possibly provide mechanisms for financial aid for students who need
assistance in tuition payments options and e-learning grants.