There has been a lot of debate regarding international accreditation, its impact on students and the benefits it has to offer. Following are a few facts that I have gathered, out of which some are known to many while others will come as a pleasant surprise.
On the basis of these facts and supporting research, suffice it to say that a university, either online or offline, that is internationally accredited certainly does a student more good than regionally or nationally accredited university can.
Moreover, attaining international accreditation also benefits a university in many ways. It allows them to reach out students in the most remote areas and offer high-quality degrees and diplomas that are universally accepted.
- Acceptability: an internationally accredited university is capable of offering universal acceptability to students. As it is not region or nation bound, it is accepted across the globe. This means that if a student ever relocates or wants to pursue a career in a different part of the world, he can do so for his academic credentials are accepted in that part of the world, for example in Central America. This feature plays a pivotal role in career development for students. On the flip side, a university has the world as their playground. They can operate virtually or otherwise practically anywhere in the world.
- Low cost: unlike regional accreditation, international accreditation is not a money minting framework. It has a specified fee structure that is affordable and realistic. When this fact is translated by students, it signifies the fact that the exorbitant cost of accreditation will not be forwarded to students in the form of high fee degree programs. On the other hand, universities can channelize excessive funds towards curriculum and faculty development, and other measures to ensure that the students get the most out of their academic endeavor.
- Specified time frame: it is imperative that any academic institution offers an education that is comprehensive, up to date and accepted in the real world. For acceptability, it needs accreditation. But if accreditation takes as long as 10 years, what is a university to do while their “application for accreditation” is pending? Make a wise choice. To begin with, understand that accreditation cannot take that long. To review a university standard of education and management comprehensively, it takes considerable time but certainly not 10 years. In the case of international accreditation from authentic bodies like AUPRICA, there is a specified time, allowing universities to plan and choose accordingly.
- Regular reviews: to maintain standards and ensure that the education imparted is above the benchmark set, international accreditation bodies review universities on a regular basis. This obviously adds work at accreditation body’s end but a student can rest assured that the university is monitored and the accreditation status is recent.
- Optional services: International accreditation allows a university to offer services like embassy legalization and apostle services. This is an added feature that allows students to earn degrees that are approved by their country’s embassies.
Thus, these facts further solidify international accreditation’s standing in the academic world and clearly states that earning a degree from an internationally accredited university will broaden a student’s horizon and increase the opportunities he can pursue.