Services offered by GMC Education
GMC Education assists and represents candidates’ institutions for accreditation during the full accreditation process. GMC Education monitors the accredited institutions or programs to insure sustainable accreditation.
Accrediting is a standardize process, especially the granting of approval to an institution of learning by an official review board after the school has met specific requirements. It assures the quality and conformity of higher education institutions and programs worldwide. Being accredited offers institutions, individuals and by and large external stakeholders many benefits.
Main Benefits for Accredited Institutions:
- Assurance to permanent improvement and innovation
- Focus on quality
- Credibility and prestige
- Higher demand for admission
- Superior visibility for external institution stakeholders
- International recognition of institution and programs
- Encourages faculty and student exchange
- Provides a sense of pride within the institution
- Conformity with the Bologna Process
Main Benefits for Individuals:
- Increased recognition of achievement
- Enhance international career outcomes
- Higher levels of education
- Transferable earned credits
- Mobility is facilitated
- Individual assisting personal development
- Credibility and prestige
- Provides a sense of authority
- Career booster and academic facilitator
There are two basic types of educational accreditation, one identified as “institutional” and one referred to as “specialized” or “programmatic.”
Institutional accreditation normally applies to an entire institution, indicating that each of an institution’s parts is contributing to the achievement of the institution’s objectives, although not necessarily all at the same level of quality.
Specialized or programmatic accreditation normally applies to one or several programs, departments (business units), or schools that are parts of an institution.
Depending on accreditation agencies there are usually three stages of accreditation:
Stage One. Institutional Membership:
A school can become an institutional member by completing an application form and submitting all official required documents, such as authorizations from appropriate state and/or federal government bodies to confer business degrees, etc. The application and process for corporate institutions differs slightly.
Stage Two. Candidacy Process:
To reach candidacy status an applying institution must demonstrate that its institution or program meet the accreditation standards.
A school or program seeking accreditation prepares a comprehensively self-evaluation study that measures its performance against the standards established by the accrediting institution.
A school schedules a preliminary site visit to determine its eligibility for candidacy status.
After candidacy status is obtained, an institution or program establishes in consultation with the accreditation a timeframe for attaining first-time accreditation.
To assist members of the accreditation, accreditation agencies hold regularly specialized workshops and conferences. On the behalf of candidates for accreditation, GMC Education attends these workshops.
Stage three. Granting the Accreditation:
An institution is granted accredited status by the board of commissioners after completion of all accreditation standards.
The accrediting agency monitors each accredited institution or program throughout the period of accreditation granted to verify that it continues to meet the agency’s standards.
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