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

Re-accreditation is the re-establishment or re-statement (usually on a fixed periodic cycle) of the status, legitimacy or appropriateness of an institution, programme (i.e. composite of modules) or module of study or of the professional recognition of an individual.

explanatory context

Re-accreditation is the follow up to accreditation once the duration of accreditation has been reached.


It may involve a comprehensive review or may involve a limited procedure to establish continuation.

analytical review

Colby Community College (2003), in answering the question ‘What is reaccreditation?’ state:

Colby Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the 19-state North Central Association of Colleges and Schools based in Chicago, Illinois. Colby Community College was reaccredited last in 1994. Every ten years the college must successfully complete the process of reaccreditation in order to maintain its standing with the association.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (2012) write:

What is reaccreditation? Colleges and universities in the Middle States region normally are reevaluated every five years, but commission staff members also monitor each institution to determine if special circumstances require more frequent evaluations. The most comprehensive reevaluation occurs approximately every 10 years after an institution’s initial accreditation. This comprehensive reaccreditation is based upon a report that the institution prepares about itself, called a self-study report..


In the UK and US, reaccreditation applies to both programmes of study and also to the standing of professionals. For example, the Law Society (which accredits solicitors) reaccredits members of various legal panels, and expects solicitors in the UK to update their knowledge and skills regularly, such as:

A practitioner’s membership doesn’t last forever. Every five years, it must be renewed. The process is called ‘re-accreditation’. Re-accreditation is the Law Society’s way of assuring consumers that members of the Children Panel continually meet the requirements for membership. All solicitors undertake appropriate training and development activities every year, as stipulated by the Law Society’s continuing professional development requirements. (Law Society, 2004)


Similarly the Institute for Supply Management (2004) notes that:

Individuals who have earned their A.P.P. designation are required to reaccredit every five years. Individuals seeking reaccreditation must have accumulated at least 42 hours of continuing education during their current certificate period.

associated issues


related areas

See also


accreditation status

duration of accreditation

accreditation body


Colby Community College, 2003, What is reaccreditation?, not available at this address 25 January 2012.

Institute for Supply Management, 2004, A.P.P. Reaccreditation Requirements,, not available 25 January 2012.

Law Society of England and Wales, 2004, Reaccreditation: Children law,, not available 25 January 2012.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2012, Middle States Recarreditation 2008, available at, accessed 5 September 2012, page not available 10 January 2017.

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