What does an accreditation consist of

The accreditation of a higher education academic programme stands as public acknowledgement awarded by an accrediting body after complying with pre-established criteria and quality parameters. It also means that such programme features social relevance. Foreseen mechanisms to assure quality education are diagnostic evaluation and accreditation; the former one, carried out by Inter Institutional Committees for Evaluating Higher Education (Comités Interinstitucionales para la Evaluación de la Educación Superior or CIEES for its initials in Spanish) appraises both processes and practices in a higher education institution either on the whole or in a specific programme and estimates their level whereas an accreditation carried out by accrediting bodies acknowledged by Copaes is the result of a process whose objective is to publicly and formally acknowledge that quality criteria are fulfilled fostering continuous improvement through issued recommendations.

An accreditation, either for Higher Technician Studies or degrees- has a five-year validity after which, programmes are re-evaluated taking into account issued recommendations.