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Educational accreditation is a voluntary peer review process by the higher education community that aims to assure academic quality and accountability and to encourage improvement.  Accrediting agencies develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met.
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 accreditation normally applies to the evaluation of programs, departments, or colleges which usually are parts of an institution. The unit accredited may be as large as a college within a university or as small as a curriculum within a discipline.
At UAEU, accreditation work falls within the institutional goal #3 of “achieving academic excellence in accordance with academic and institutional accreditation standards.”

Accreditation is a voluntary peer review process by the higher education community that aims to assure academic quality and accountability and to encourage improvement.

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met.

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.

Institutional accreditation involves a comprehensive review of all institutional functions.  Accreditation is granted at the completion of a peer review process, and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness.

Specialized accreditation normally applies to the evaluation of programs, departments, or colleges which usually are parts of an institution. The unit accredited may be as large as a college within a university or as small as a curriculum within a discipline.

The results of accreditation and quality of education surveys demonstrated that accreditation has had a profound and enduring impact on institutions’ quality of education, regardless of the size, resources, or enrollment.

The primary benefits of accreditation are to:

  • Certify that the University has met established standards.
  • Create goals for self-improvement and stimulate a general rising of standards.
  • Assist prospective students in identifying acceptable institutions.
  • Assist institutions in determining the acceptability of transfer credit.

CAA Accreditation


The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) was established by the founding President of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (Federal Law 4 of the year 1976).


WASC Accreditation


The overriding purpose of WASC accreditation is to assure stakeholders that a WASC accredited institution has been rigorously evaluated and that it meets or exceeds the criteria required to maintain accreditation.


  1. Seeking Accreditation (Visit 1 February 2016).
  2. Special Visit (October 23-25, 2018)

To log in to the WASC Reports SharePoint Site click here.

Access to the SharePoint website is exclusive only to the university community.

The terms “specialized accreditation,” “professional accreditation,” and “programmatic accreditation” mean the same thing.  Each of these terms means that a specific program within a college has earned an accreditation from a specialized non-profit organization. Accreditation associations represent the professional interests of their particular fields of study.

A specialized accreditation is an honor to a program. It communicates to current students, prospective students, and professionals in the field that a particular program has been examined by its peers and found to be a good one.

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