Steps for program 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.​​

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First Step: Applying for Programmatic accreditation

The Academic Program applies for obtaining Programmatic accreditation and signs an accreditation contract with the National Center for Academic Accreditation and Evaluation (NCAAA).

Second Step: Verification of Program eligibility for accreditation

The Program submits the required documents (the eligibility requirements) for accreditation (link), which are reviewed by the Center's consultants, and Notation and Recommendation Report is sent to the Program.

Third Step: Forming a review team and deciding a date for the visit

The Center completes the formation and approval of the final list of the Review Panel (the number of reviewers may vary according to the size of the Program). Then, the Center prepares and approves the visit schedule in coordination with the chair of the review panel and the Program. A meeting is held with the Program's officials for preparation for the review visit and to ensure the readiness of the Program for the review visit.

Fourth Step: Conducting the visit and preparing the review report

The visit of the Program is conducted for 3 days. During the visit, interviews are conducted with all Program officials and stakeholders, facilities, and equipment are visited, and extra documents are examined as arranged the visit schedule. The Panel Chair is responsible for the review process and refers to the accreditation consultant when needed. When the visit is completed, the Team Chair submits the initial draft of the report, which will be revised and edited by the Center's consultant. Then, the Center sends a copy (without the final accreditation recommendation) to the Program to revise 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 other reports of accredited Programs and to recommend the accreditation. Next, the Accreditation Council approves the recommendations of the Review Panel and the recommendations of the (ARC), and the accreditation status of the Program is then announced.

Sixth Step: Annual follow-up to accredited Programs

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

As for the Programs that obtained conditional accreditation, they apply to convert their accreditation into full accreditation after meeting the accreditation conditions stated in the Review Panel Report, along with providing the necessary evidence and documents. The submitted report and documents are reviewed and a visit may be undertaken by the Accreditation Consultant to verify that it fulfills these conditions (if needed). Then, a review report is presented to the Supervisory Committee on Accreditation Processes and recommends that accreditation be converted to full.


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