Steps for institutional accreditation

​​​​​​​​​​​The Center aims at contributing to the enhancement of quality and excellence in higher education institutions and programs through academic evaluation and accreditation. In order to make the accreditation process and procedures practical and effective, one of the strategic initiatives under the Center's responsibility is improving and streamlining the accreditation process, including the identification and simplification of the review process and procedures.

​​​​​The following are the steps for reviewing and approving institutions in detail:


First Step: Applying for institutional accreditation

The institution applies for obtaining institutional accreditation and signing the contract with the National Center for Academic Accreditation and evaluation (NCAAA).​

Second Step: Verification of institutional eligibility for accreditation

The institution sends the required documents for institutional eligibility for accreditation (link), which are reviewed by the Center's consultants, and a review report is sent to the institution.​

Third Step: Forming a review team and setup a date of the visit

The Center completes the formation and approval of the final list of the panel of reviewers (the number of reviewers varies according to the size of the institution and number of branches). Then, the Center prepares and approves the visit schedule in coordination with the chair of the review panel and the institution. A meeting is held with the institution's officials for preparation and ensuring the readiness of the institution for the review visit.​

Fourth Step: Conducting the site visit and preparing the review report

The site visit of the institution is conducted for a period of 4 days. During the site visit, interviews are conducted with all institution's stakeholders, facilities and equipment are visited, and extra documents are examined, according to the specific schedule of the visit. The panel chair is fully responsible for the review process, and refers to the accreditation consultant when needed. When the visit is over, the team chair submits the initial draft of the report, which will be edited by the Center's consultant. Then, the Center sends a copy (without the final accreditation recommendation) to the institution to review the general information contained in the report, and accept the recommendations.​

Fifth Step: Accreditation decision

The final report is sent to the Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) to verify the accuracy and consistency of the report with the reports of other accredited institutions and to recommend accreditation. Next, the Accreditation Board approves the recommendations of the review panel and the recommendations of the (ARC), and the accreditation status of the institution is then announced.​

Sixth Step: Periodic follow-up to accredited institutions

The institution prepares an annual report on its status and the efforts made to implement the recommendations contained in the accreditation report. Subsequently, the Center's consultants study the report, make a visit to the institution (if needed), prepare the follow-up report and send it to the institution.

As for the institutions that obtained the conditional accreditation, they apply to convert their accreditation into full accreditation after they have met the accreditation conditions mentioned in the review report, together with sending the necessary evidence and documents. The submitted report and documents are studied and a visit is made to the institution to verify that it fulfils these conditions (if needed), then a review report is presented to the Supervisory Committee on Accreditation Processes to study it and recommend that accreditation be converted to full.​

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