What is Accreditation?
- Accreditation is a system of accountability through peer review, that is on-going, voluntary and comprehensive in scope.
- It is based on standards that are developed, regularly reviewed, and which define the characteristics of good schools and colleges.
- It respects differences in institutional populations, missions, and cultures, and fosters institutional change grounded in the judgement of practicing educators.
Accreditation is a voluntary, peer review process. It is a ten-year cycle that includes a Preliminary/Preparatory Visit, a comprehensive 12-18 months Self-Study, a Team Visit, a First Report on Progress and Planning after two years, and a 5-Year Review Visit.
In Dubai accreditation is mandatory for American curriculum schools.
What is NEASC?
- NEASC (1885) is the nation’s oldest regional accreditation association
- It’s missions is to establish and maintain high standards for all levels of education, from pre-K to doctoral level.
- Serves more than 2,000 public and independent schools worldwide
NEASC Accreditation standards:
- School Guiding Statements (Mission, Vision, Objectives).
- Teaching & Learning (Curriculum, Pedagogy, Assessment, Internationalism).
- Governance & Leadership (Operational and Strategic Oversight, Long-Term Planning, Policy).
- Faculty & Support Staff (Qualifications, Conditions of Employment, Professional Development).
- Access to Teaching & Learning (Counseling, Special Needs, Guidance).
- School Culture & Partnerships for Learning (Home/School Relationship, Communication Systems, Child Protection).
- Operational Systems (Facilities, Finance, Health & Safety).