SOURCE: International Accreditation Organization
HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Aug 14, 2012) - In higher education, accreditation is important; schools which are not accredited are not able to attract a decent number of students, nor do they get necessary financial assistance to keep them operational. A recent article in Forbes reveals the current accreditation issues facing Ashford University, an institution that is part of the for-profit Bridgepoint Education network. The article explains that the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (HLC), which currently accredits Ashford, is requesting additional information from Ashford. International Accreditation Organization, which specializes in providing standardized guidelines for schools throughout the world, explains that proactive efforts can prevent such reviews.
Although the review takes place during an industry-wide slump, the HLC is not losing focus on its examination of Ashford's overall procedures. According to the article, Ashford was denied accreditation by an outside group and is currently appealing and reapplying for accreditation with that group. The International Accreditation Organization explains that accreditation can have an impact on many aspects of an educational facility, as demonstrated by Bridgepoint's recent drop in shares by a steep 56 percent. The article also notes, "Without accreditation, the companies stand to lose government funding, which can account for as much as 90 percent of the total revenue."
In a recent press statement, International Accreditation Organization responded to Ashford's current situation, "The very fact that the organization is now under 'special monitoring' by HLC indicates a problem." The group explains that accreditation is more than keeping a school financially viable; it is about creating a positive learning space. At HLC's request, Ashford is hosting an advisory visit from the group this October. Despite serious efforts to correct the situation, the article notes, the incident could give more strength to Bridgepoint's major competitors that include Apollo Group, DeVry Education, ITT Educational Services and The Washington Post Co.'s Kaplan business.
In order for these educators to understand what makes a successful education model, International Accreditation Organization explains how it observes and examines a school's qualifications. "The International Accreditation Organization recommends educational institutions based on 'internationally accepted' standards of organizational management, academic excellence and institutional performance, ensure high performance standards and complete statutory compliance."
International Accreditation Organization strives to provide standardized accreditation guidelines for educational institutions around the globe. With a focus on equal educational standards, the organization deploys a patented Points Profile system that compares all applicants according to identical criteria. With numerous offices in several international locations, International Accreditation Organization is committed to providing a uniform accreditation technique that allows students to compare schools in an increasingly globalized world.