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There a two common definitions:

  • A formal and independent decision indicating that a programme and/or an institution meets certain predefined quality standards.[1]
  • The process of external quality review used in higher education to scrutinize colleges, universities, and higher education programs for quality assurance and quality improvement. Success results in an accredited institution and/or program.[2]


  1. European Consortium for Accreditation in higher education,
  2. Council for Higher Education Accreditation,

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