One of ACTT’s many responsibilities is to accredit post secondary and tertiary education institutions and/or specialised programmes that have been evaluated and found to have met or exceeded stated internationally acceptable criteria for educational quality. Accreditation must also be maintained by continuous improvement and periodic re-evaluation. The key components of the accreditation process are institutional self-evaluation and external evaluations conducted by teams of expert assessors established by ACTT.
ACTT conducts both institutional and programme accreditation.
Institutional accreditation considers the holistic characteristics of the institution and evaluates the organisational capacity to deliver quality educational programmes at the post secondary or tertiary level. Institutional accreditation does not analyse any specific programme individually. However, programmes are reviewed as a part of the consideration of the entire institution. It examines institutional characteristics such as governance, administrative strength, academic policies and procedures, quality of faculty, physical facilities and financial stability.
Specialised programme accreditation focuses its attention on a particular educational programme within the institution. A close working relationship between ACTT and recognised professional associations in their fields of expertise helps to ensure that the requirements for accreditation are related to the current requirements for professional practice. Programme accreditation evaluates programmes using criteria that include, but are not limited to, the quality of teaching and the support of learning; design and planning of programmes of study; assessment and feedback to learners; learning environments and learner support systems; programme evaluation and quality assurance systems. The general conditions of the institution are therefore considered in the context in which the programme is offered.