Analytic Quality Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-21, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 22 September, 2021 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2021.


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Accreditation status

core definition

Accreditation status is the embodiment of the decision made by the accreditation body.

explanatory context

In principle, an institution or programme is either accredited or it is not: a binary decision with equivalent accreditation status. Often, though, there are interim or provisional accreditation decisions that translate into a range of accreditation statuses.

analytical review

Generically, (Vlãsceanu, et al., 2007, p. 27), describe accreditation status as:

The formal recognition benefiting an institution or specialized programme for meeting the appropriate standards of educational quality established by the accrediting body at a regional, national, or specialized level.

associated issues


related areas

See also


institutional accreditation

programme accreditation

regional accreditation

specialist accreditation


accreditation survey

accreditation portfolio

duration of accreditation

accreditation body


Vlãsceanu, L.,  Grünberg, L., and Pârlea, D., 2007,  Quality Assurance and Accreditation: A Glossary of Basic Terms and Definitions ( Bucharest , UNESCO-CEPES) Revised and updated edition (original 2004). ISBN 92-9069-186-7, available at , accessed 19 June 2019.

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