Accreditation at AUI

 

ACCREDITATION AT AL AKHAWAYN UNIVERSITY IN IFRANE

As part of its unremitting quest for self-improvement and quality assurance, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane has been pursuing various levels of programmatic accreditation for several years.

While different programs have proven to abide by clear standards of excellence, the University has not had the chance to evaluate their quality—until now. After nine years of continuous efforts, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane was granted its first institutional accreditation for five years by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) with the opportunity for renewal.

NEASC, IN A GLIMPSE

NEASC strives to establish and maintain high standards at all levels of education. The institution serves some 1,866 public and independent schools, colleges, and universities in the six New England states, and 114 American/International schools around the globe.

NEASC-accredited institutions undergo periodic reviews of their programs and structure in order to maintain their accreditation. Part of the re-accreditation process is a “Self-Study”, which necessitates supporting documents that examine every key area necessary to the success and sustainability of the institution. The “Self-Study” is used as a basis on which to determine an institution’s effectiveness in contrast with national norms. However, NEASC also recognizes that each institution is unique and is also careful to evaluate each one in terms of its own self-defined mission.

There are seven regional higher education accrediting bodies within the U.S., one of which is the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE)—a constituent element of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The Commission is staffed by ten elected members—faculty, staff, and members of the general public from its various accredited institutions—and is led by Dr. Barbara Brittingham. The CIHE is known for having granted institutional accreditation to esteemed universities and colleges such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston College, Harvard University, Boston University, and Yale University.

Only ten institutions outside of the U.S. have ever been granted the institutional accreditation: Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane is among those ten.

A CONTINOUS COMMITMENT TO QUALITY ASSURANCE

This initial institutional accreditation granted by NEASC serves as confirmation that the University has chosen the correct path. As stated in its mission, the University “upholds the highest academic and ethical standards, and promotes equity and social responsibility”.

This commitment is reiterated each day as members of the community enact the 2015–2020 strategic plan in which quality assurance figures as one of the six priorities whose aim is to achieve and enhance the future.

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane continues to believe that its continued existence lies in its ability to provide its students with the best possible quality of education. To do so, the University has a clear plan. It is to:

1)      Increase the number of programmatic accreditations.

2)      Establish recurrent internal auditing, quality assurance, and institutional research.

3)      Be re-accredited in 2022.

The world of education is continuously evolving, and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane intends on evolving with it in order to guarantee both its future, and those of its students.