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. BHS provides a stringent internal review program for its overall program. BHS may seek 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 educational institutions and in certain circumstances to judge their quality of 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 institutions that are accredited by them.
What is the significance of Accreditation for an educational institute?
Accreditation is important to various constituent groups because it represents an organization's commitment to quality and control. Also, business and industry leaders are interested in the quality of programs and consider accreditation status an important factor. Individuals are assured of accountability and of value for their efforts through the arrangement between program and the accrediting entity via procedure and policy control and compliance with established standards.
Seeking accreditation from a separate entity is not a must to ensure high standards of education. Some institutions have internal quality control functions to serve the same purpose of audit. to keep the program fees reasonably priced. They engage in self-audit of their institute's processes to provide their students with the best services.
How Accreditation is granted?
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 in the following areas:
- Educational practices
- Financial stability
- Policies and student services
Institutions fulfilling the requirements for these areas are then granted accreditation.
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 program cost down and the current motivational based format, BHS 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. BHS 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 granting standards.
Offer an equal opportunity for anyone to receive evaluation and education program.
Recognize good performance of students and advisors and provide motivation to maintain and improve mutual performance.
Improve performance review standards of quality and responsiveness and to increase professionalism
Provide superior customer service to students whose timely review of life experience and online testing is an important motivator for them engaging our program.