The commission also works with institutions providing distance education programs. In contrast, the accrediting council for continuing education and training (ACCET) works with institutions that provide continuing education and vocational programs (ACCET, 2015). The institutions issue certificates or occupational associate degrees. The accreditation of technical training institutions is important because students are required to work in critical sectors such as construction and energy (Natarajan, 2000). In addition, it also caters for those who provide higher education services through distance education.
The two accreditation bodies have been selected because they are both involved in regulating the education sector at the national level. The education sector is important because it is responsible for the creation of a skilled workforce. The private sector and other stakeholders are investing in addressing the educational challenges in the country. Consequently, the two organizations ensure that their interventions do not undermine the quality of education in the country. In addition, they ensure that institutions have rules that enhance the integrity of the learning process. For instance, schools are expected to have academic practices such as rules against plagiarism (Bretag, 2013). In addition, they should ensure that the students are aware of their academic and behavioral obligations (Mahmud & Bretag, 2013). The quality of education is important especially in critical industries such as healthcare. The patient outcomes are determined by the quality of training that the students have received at school (Alkheizenan &Shaw, 2011).
ACCET accreditation is given to institutions that meet rigid criteria. Firstly, the institution must have a concise education program and methodology that would lead to expected training outcomes. The institution must also meet all the state licensing requirements. The ...Show more