USBES Criteria of Accreditation

The criteria for accreditation depends on the standards of quality by which the evaluation commissioners conclude whether an institution merits accreditation or reaffirmation of accreditation. The criteria of USBES is not a simple process, we have strict criteria to keep the education standards high. The criteria is set on mutual agreements and discussions by USBES team and evaluation agents. Despite of a strict criteria, it is broad and flexible enough as every institute differs from one another in terms of course structure, foundations, rules and regulations.

The institutes applying for accreditation must fall eligible, meeting all the requirements mentioned below:

1. The applicant or the applicant institute should:

  • Enroll students through a proper process and maintain students’ record.

  • Retain and hire qualified faculty members to cater students in professional way.

  • Transmit information to students an organized instructional materials.

  • Provides two way communication on students’ assignments for example evaluating students’ examinations, projects, and/or answering queries, with prompt feedback.

2. The applicants or the applicant institutes can be of the following types:

  • Higher Education Universities and Institutes

  • E-Learning/Distance Learning Universities and Institutes

  • Career Colleges

  • K-12 Schools

  • Faculty members or Students

3. The Institute/University should offer:

  • Degree Programs

  • Associate’s degree

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Master’s degree

  • Doctorate degree

  • Diploma Programs

  • Undergraduate Diploma

  • Graduate Diploma

  • Certificate Programs

  • Undergraduate Course

  • Undergraduate Certificate

  • Graduate Course Certificate

  • Graduate Certificate

  • 4. It also offers education and training other than that required for academic credentials

  • 5. The institute should be financially sound enough to continue providing services to students in future.

  • 6. It should be licensed, registered, authorized and approved by the state government of the designated country.

  • 7. The names of the institute should be free from any legal and unethical conducts.

  • 8. It is important for institutions, board members and owners to pose sound reputation and relations with their stake holders.

  • 9. Application should be accurate, true and complete.

The institute(s) applying for accreditation must fall eligible, meeting all the requirements mentioned above.

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Reasons for Rejection of Accreditation Application

Institutes’ applications are rejected if they are unable to meet the USBES standards regarding the qualifications of institutions owners, board of members or financial responsibility. In the event, the Accrediting Commission rejects an application for one or both of these reasons, the decision would be appealable.
Moreover, USBES reserves the right to reject an application if travel or security concerns in that country are perceived to be unsafe. This decision would not be appealable.

The failure of an education program to apply for or obtain accreditation within the set time frame by Commission does not render all educational programs, would be considered ineligible for accreditation.