Q: What is accreditation?
A: There are two types of accreditation: institutional and professional. ECBE is a professional accrediting body. It specialises in reviewing the quality and integrity of post-secondary business programmes in universities and colleges worldwide. Accreditation by ECBE is based on an international and independent evaluation of an institution’s post-secondary business programmes by a group of professionals that include faculty and academic administrators in the field of business. It is a programme of continuous quality development touching on all aspects of an educational establishment.
Q: Why is it important to have accreditation?
A: The award of accreditation demonstrates to professional academics and to the public that an institution’s post-secondary programme has attained an internationally recognisable level of quality allowing students, employers and parents to have confidence in the education that is being provided.
Q: What are the benefits of programme accreditation to an institution?
A: Support, motivation and advice to provide a dynamic quality programme of education meeting both the demands of students and the marketplace. It can also lead to an increase in demand for its courses.
Q: What is the value of accreditation for students?
A: A guarantee of a balanced quality programme resulting in an award recognised by other institutions and employers. Furthermore, it allows students to change institutions internationally while taking their course credits with them.
Q: What are the requirements?
A: An institution must have offered business programmes for at least two cohorts of graduates and demonstrably meet the criteria for accreditation. The institution, faculty, department or school must become a member of ECBE prior to applying for accreditation.
Q: What type of institution may seek accreditation of its programmes?
A: All institutions that provide programmes as a part of lifelong learning. They may vary from traditional colleges providing undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degree programmes in business or organisations providing professional development programmes helping to update or advance careers.
Q: What is the process for programme accreditation?
A: The accreditation process has three stages involving 1) the application; 2) an institutional “self-evaluation” producing direct and indirect evidence that the institution meets each of the accreditation standards and 3) the self-evaluation is then audited by a group of international experts.
Q: What is involved in terms of commitment, resources and expenses?
A: To apply for accreditation an institution – faculty, department or school – must be a member of ECBE. Further the institution must be committed to providing quality in all aspects of its education and management. Initially investment may be needed to meet accreditation criteria plus the time required to fulfil the self-evaluation but provided there is a commitment to quality then “extra expenses” would normally be part of the annual budget for continuous development.
Q: Which institutions are accredited?
A: A list of institutions with their accredited programmes and links to their web sites is available in Accredited Members.
Q: Do I need to translate / present all documents required for the accreditation in English?
A: Within the accreditation documents it is clearly stated those which must be presented in English.
Q: What are the costs of accreditation?
A: There is an application fee of one thousand euros (€1,000). The institution is charged at cost the fees and expenses of the evaluation visit. On being awarded accreditation an institution will be charged an annual accreditation fee of one thousand five hundred euros (€1,500) for four (4) programmes. Each additional accredited programme will be charged at two hundred euros (€200) per year.