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 survey

core definition

Accreditation survey is a term mainly applicable in the US context and refers to a process of checking compliance.

explanatory context


analytical review

The UNESCO definition is:

The evaluation of an institution to identify its level of compliance with the applicable standards of the accreditation body and to make determinations concerning its accreditation status. The survey includes an evaluation of documents and information (evidence) provided by the personnel of the higher education institution, following on-site observations by mandated visitors. (Vlãsceanu, et al., 2007, p. 27)


In many respects this is similar to compliance audits.

associated issues


related areas

See also


institutional accreditation

programme accreditation

regional accreditation

specialist accreditation

accreditation status


accreditation portfolio

accreditation body

accreditation status

duration of accreditation


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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