on Global Education and Distance Learning

Certification of Providers

Accreditation is a validation process by which educational institutions are evaluated. The standards used to conduct these evaluations vary. During the 1990s, controversy arose over the accreditation of global and virtual universities. This issue has not yet been settled. Some of us think that new standards are needed to properly evaluate distance education. The fact is that many distance education programs cross regional borders and are offered all over the world. New international standards are needed in order to evaluate these schools.

It is important to understand that the term "accredited" is used rather loosely by some institutions. There are many accrediting agencies that operate in less than reputable ways.

The Accreditation Process

To pass accreditation standards, every educational institution must have well-defined educational objectives along with an overall mission. All these goals, educational standards, degree programs, mission of institution and other important documents must be presented to WSAS. In turn, the accrediting commission will go through all the documentation and make further actions. WSAS examines the school's overall administration, faculty, technical, physical, and financial resources, integrity and ethical standards.

New applicants for accreditation will follow a two-step process, which allows a thorough assessment of applicant colleges prior to full accreditation by the accrediting commission of WSAS.

Step 1 is a paper-based submission comprising an application form and substantial supporting documentation, which are checked against our accreditation criteria by WSAS's experienced staff to determine the college's suitability for accreditation.

Step 2 constitutes on-site inspection of the college, focusing in the main on regulatory compliance and more in-depth aspects of provision respectively. After a satisfactory Step 2 inspection, the accreditation may be confirmed for up to five years.