Accreditation helps provide assurance of high quality. It helps students and parents make a more informed decision about a school. It also helps a school demonstrate to the world that they operate as a high quality institution. Our accreditation began in 2010.
FORMER ACCREDITATION – 2010-2015 -- the College of Teachers
The British College of Teachers
accredited us from 2010 to 2015. The College of Teachers is a Royal Chartered association recognized by the Crown of the United Kingdom as a significant organization. They based their evaluations on the qualifications required by the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and the Framework for Higher Education (NFHE). The College was and is the UK’s prime professional organization for educators. In 2015, they made a major change in their organization from an academic accrediting association to primarily a teaching association. At this point, we sought and obtained accreditation through the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC)
ACCREDITATION -- 2015-2017 -- ASIC
Because of our excellent program and academics, we were recognized by this highly respected and government approved organization as worthy of full accreditation.
ASIC [Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities] is an independent, government approved accreditation body specialising in the accreditation of schools, colleges, universities, training organisations and online and distance education providers, both in the UK and overseas.
" (See https://www.asic.org.uk
ASIC goals are:
(1) To protect students and stakeholders from unethical institutions who make false or misleading claims about their curriculum, their teaching methods, and other matters.
(2) To defend the reputations of genuine institutions, their staff and representatives, allowing them to show that they can offer high quality education, and ensuring that their good names are not tarnished by the actions of a minority of disreputable establishments.
(3) To ensure that staff act professionally at all times, that institutions promote and market themselves in a truthful and ethical way, and that they continue to take responsibility for the welfare and education of their international students. (Ibid.)
"ASIC . . . has accredited many overseas institutions and have undertaken accreditations in countries across the globe in Asia, America, Australia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Amongst others, ASIC is recognised by UKVI in the UK as an approved accrediting body, is a member of the CHEA International Quality Group in the USA, and are members of the British Quality Foundation." (Ibid.)
CURRENT ACCREDITATION SITUATION
In 2017, we officially changed the name of the College to Heritage International University, added a doctoral program, moved from Mississippi to the State of California and are now under new leadership. Hence, we were required to re-apply to ASIC, which we have done in 2018. We are in the now involved in process of proving ourselves worthy. Since our high quality program has never changed, but been improve, we believe it will only be a matter of time before we are recognized for what we are.
We received the following on 12/12/2018 from the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC):
Re: Accreditation of Heritage International University
Following their inspection of documents and helpful meeting with yourselves, [name redacted] and [name redacted] have expressed satisfaction with the rigour of HIU’s programmes, the student admission system, and the assessment procedures.
The glitch is having legal authority to grant degrees, which we will solve as quickly as we can so we will be able to have recognition as having "interim accreditation" and then finally full accreditation to proceed to move forward in a major, rather than in a limited way.
In the meantime, we have authority from the State of California to grant equivalent degrees on the associates, bachelors, masters and doctoral level. (See California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education
(BPPE). Our exemption permit case number is 30623 under the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 of the California Educational Code (CEC) section 94874(f). (See https://www.bppe.ca.gov
) (See "Authority
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