Accreditation is a process of internal and external quality review and assessment of higher education institutions, programs and semi higher institutions for quality assurance and quality improvement to insure that they meet existing standards of quality and effectiveness in terms of faculty members, teaching, research, and service, as well as infrastructure, financial viability, sustainability, outcomes, and compliance with existing laws.
Stages in the Accreditation Process. The process of accreditation has four stages:
The higher education institution/ University requests permission to apply for candidacy. It must demonstrate that it is properly registered with the MoHE to operate, provide basic information about its organization, structure, academic focus, infrastructure, and financing. Once permission is obtained the institution may begin its self-assessment for candidacy or will enter the Accreditation process according to article 20.
This process is completed within two years. The first stage in the process of quality assurance in which the institution demonstrates that it meets the criteria for level one candidacy should be successfully completed within two years.
This is the second stage of the process of quality assurance in which the institution demonstrates that it meets the criteria for Level Two Candidacy. An institution may achieve level two in its first consideration if it demonstrates that it meets the criteria for this higher level. Two year at level two must elapse before an institution can apply for accreditation. The process includes:
After achieving candidacy level two an institution may apply for accreditation. The process consists of a self-assessment by the institution to demonstrate that it meets the standards for accreditation, a site visit by a team of peer reviewers, their positive recommendation to the Council of the Accreditation Agency, and a decision on accreditation by the Council.
Kardan University was the first private university in the country that completed first and second stages of candidacy periods with passing the benchmarks of 51 and 71 of national accreditation process and submitted the self-assessment report for the third and final stage of the accreditation. The peer reviewer team had the site visits of the university and submitted their recommendations and findings to the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Directorate of Ministry of Higher Education.
In August 2018, Kardan University became one of the only five universities in the country (from among 167 public and private universities) to obtain the national accreditation from Ministry of Higher Education. With the highest score of 89.54, Kardan University is the top ranked among the five nationally accredited institutions, namely Kardan University, American University of Afghanistan, Kandahar University, Kabul Medical University and Kabul University.
Kardan University has been awarded with the first time accreditation through International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) for business and management.
In 2010, Kardan University filed an application for the membership with IACBE which was accepted and initially became the educational member. Afterwards, Kardan University became a candidate for accreditation in 2013. Finally, the Board of Commission of the IACBE granted an accreditation to Kardan University in December 2014.