Institutional Accreditation

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The Institutional Accreditation

The Institutional Accreditation focuses predominantly on innovative, commercial and internationally oriented Higher Education Institutions (HEI). The procedure comprises a comprehensive evaluation of the institutional strategy, quality assurance system and assets. Higher Education Institutions receive feedback on the future prospects of their structures and processes as well as impetus for further development. The relevant standards for the institutional accreditation of the Higher Education Institution are:

  • Standard 1: Mission Goals and Objectives
  • Standard 2: Governance and Administration
  • Standard 3: Management of Quality Assurance and Improvement
  • Standard 4: Learning and Teaching
  • Standard 5: Student Administration and Support Services
  • Standard 6: Learning Resources
  • Standard 7: Facilities and Equipment
  • Standard 8: Financial Planning and Management
  • Standard 9: Employment Processes
  • Standard 10: Research
  • Standard 11: Institutional Relationships with the Community

The AAC accreditation guidelines are based on the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG). Other national and international standards have also been incorporated into the formulations of the standards. To learn more on the ESG standards click on the button below:

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The Institutional accreditation procedure

The accreditation procedure for institutional accreditation takes about 16 to 24 months.
The procedure gives AAC and the Higher Education Institution in question a detailed evaluation of the program strengths and weaknesses and shows the essential future opportunities and hazards. This enables the HEI to identify and take efficient measures to achieve the self-imposed goals.

Procedural st​eps 
Application process:

  1. Initial meeting with HEI.
  2. Submission of application form and Self – report. 
  3. Approval by the Accreditation Commission for the official opening of the accreditation procedure. 

Official opening of the accreditation procedure:

  1. Signing of the accreditation contract.
  2. Creation of the Self - documentation according to the AAC standards and guidelines.
  3. Evaluation Self-documentation
  4. First Site Visit - Evaluation of the Institution
  5. Evaluation of the program(s)
  6. Second Site Visit - Evaluation of Program(s)
  7. Compilation of the Expert Report by the expert panel.
  8. Statement on the report by the HEI.
  9. Final accreditation decision of the Accreditation Commission of the AAC for program or institutional accreditation
  10. Option for a complaint against the procedure via an email to the AAC office or an appeal regarding the commission’s decision.
  11. Publication of the accreditation report.
  12. The accreditation is valid for 6 years and must be updated afterwards.

To provide guidance during a procedure, AAC provides guidelines for preparing an application for program accreditation or for institutional accreditation. The agency also provides continuous feedback during all steps of a procedure. Our experts can give you recommendations on the further development of your Self - documentation.

Want to accredit your Institution? 

Start by filling out the application form and submitting it online by clicking on the Link.
Or you can also contact us via email: Our office will contact you in 2 - 3 business days. 

Double accreditation 
The quality assurance process offered by two reputable agencies (AQAS and AAC) will give universities the opportunity for continuous improvement and many advantages:

  • Students gain an attractive qualification that is often accepted both in the home country and in Europe
  • Improvement of the quality of the programs
  • Creativity and new approaches to study and learning.
  • External quality assurance certificate provides a higher reputation and attracts more students
  • Public visibility of programs
  • Opens the door to internationalization in general in Higher Education universities
  • Double accreditation saves the HEI time and money (more cost effective - 2 procedures in 1).