ECBE`s accreditation is an independent, voluntary self-regulatory system for business programmes. Through the process of accreditation, institutions and training organisations have their programmes evaluated. The objective of the Council is to assure the continual improvement of educational quality and the effectiveness of public and private business schools, their programmes and that of training organisations. The accreditation process is based upon self and peer evaluation providing a vehicle for self-regulation and improvement.
There are two types of accreditation
> Accreditation of business and management programmes within universities and
> Accreditation of learning which takes place off campus such as in-company training programmes and work based learning
The accreditation of an academic programme or an entire institution normally involves three stages:
> The administration, faculty, staff and students of the institution or academic business programmes carry out a self-evaluation by following a detailed guide supplied by ECBE.
> A team of peers, selected by ECBE`s Board of Commissioners, reviews the evidence (self-evaluation), visits all campus sites, interviews administrators, faculty, staff and students and draws up a report. This report with recommendations is submitted to the Board of Commissioners.
> Guided by ECBE`s quality standards the Board of Commissioners reviews the evidence, the self-evaluation report and the recommendations and then takes a decision concerning the award of accreditation. This decision is then transmitted to the Board of Directors of ECBE for confirmation.
The process considers all factors that can influence the quality of the education provided by an institution: inputs; educational processes and outcomes