What is accreditation?
In America, schools are accredited by professional organizations. Accreditation for schools is something like an audit or a profession alinspection for a business. Keybench marks are established by the agencies that cover all aspects of a school's operation, from governance, to curriculum, to health and safety standards. There are many such organizations, but the best known are called the major six, and the one we will work with is the Middle States Association. This agency has over 3,000 members and accredits schools and universities in the United States and also in more than 90 countries. It works with both public and private schools and universities. The process involves doing a thorough self - study following the criteria established, then writing a report. An inspection team is then sent to the school. It looks into all the areas of the school's operation and reports back to the agency. If the school meets the criteria, it will be accredited. Universities see this as an important guarantee that students coming from such a school have been well educated according to the highest professional standards.
For more information, see: http://www.msa-cess.org/RelId/33637/ISvars/default/Home.htm