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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Regional accreditation

core definition

Regional accreditation is recognition of an institution within a regional context. It is much the same as national accreditation but is not restricted to national boundaries.

explanatory context

In the USA, for example, accreditation is done on a regional (sub-national basis).


Elsewhere, such as Central America, consortia of countries have developed regional (super-national) accrediting arrangements.

analytical review

The UNESCO definition is:

Accreditation granted to a higher education institution by a recognized accrediting association or commission that conducts accreditation procedures in a particular geographic area (usually that of three or more states). The United States has six regional accrediting commissions. (Vlãsceanu, et al., 2004, p. 20)

associated issues


related areas

See also


accreditation body

accreditation survey

accreditation portfolio

accreditation status

institutional accreditation

programme accreditation


specialized accreditation


Vlãsceanu, L., Grünberg, L., and Pârlea, D., 2004, Quality Assurance and Accreditation: A Glossary of Basic Terms and Definitions (Bucharest, UNESCO-CEPES) Papers on Higher Education, ISBN 92-9069-178-6, available at, accessed 20 September 2012, still available 29 December 2016.

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