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 18 June, 2021 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2021.


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core definition

Accreditors are agencies that provide recognition to institutions as part of an accreditation process.

explanatory context

Accreditors may be national, regional, professional or specialised

analytical review

CHEA (2002) defines the different types of accreditors as follows:

National Accreditors: (U.S.) Organizations that accredit public and private degree-granting, nonprofit, and for-profit institutions. They also frequently accredit single-purpose institutions, including distance learning colleges and universities, private career institutions and faith-based colleges and universities.


Regional Accreditors: (U.S.) Accredit public and private, nonprofit and for-profit, two- and four-year institutions in a specific geographic area. This is a comprehensive review of all institutional functions.


Specialized and Professional Accreditors: (U.S.) Accredit specific programs or schools, such as law schools, medical schools, engineering schools, and health profession programs. (U.K.) Professional and statutory bodies that approve or recognize specific programs (e.g., law, medicine, engineering, health professions, architecture) in the context of the requirements for professional qualification. Some such organizations have a prescribed statutory responsibility to approve or recognize programs and/or determine the academic standards and professional and vocational components of such programs.

associated issues


related areas

See also


accreditation body

accreditation portfolio

accreditation status

duration of accreditation

institutional accreditation

programme accreditation


regional accreditation

specialist accreditation


Council For Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) 2001, Glossary of Key Terms in Quality Assurance and Accreditation, last updated 23 October 2002, accessed 18 September 2012, page not available 30 December 2016.

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