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Accreditation

Junior Colleges

Standards Objectives and Characteristics
Evaluation Process Accreditation Mark

Standards

The JUAA Junior College Standards serve as criteria for JUAA to evaluate and accredit junior colleges as well as a guideline for junior colleges to maintain and improve their quality. The Standards consist of:

1. Mission and Purpose
2. Education and Research Organization
3. Faculty and Faculty Organization
4. Educational Content, Methods, and Outcome
5. Enrollment
6. Student Support
7. Education and Research Environment
8. Social Cooperation and Contribution
9. Administration and Finance
10. Internal Quality Assurance


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Objectives and Characteristics

The JUAA conducts Certified Evaluation and Accreditation for junior colleges to assure and enhance the quality of their academic activities by focusing on:

1) the Mission and Satisfaction of Basic Requirements

Evaluations are performed from 2 aspects: (a) how each junior college strives to attain its mission, goals, and educational objectives; (b) whether each junior college meets the basic requirements for academic activities.

2) Peer Review

The evaluators assigned in the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation for junior college are mainly junior college faculty members who take part in the evaluation as peers.

3) the Distinctive Good Practices

The distinctive and excellent activities indentified in the process of evaluation are publicized widely as good practices.

4) Continuous Improvement

Each accredited junior college is required to submit a Progress Report based on the accreditation results, demonstrating improvement on insufficiencies or non-compliances identified in the accreditation evaluation. The JUAA encourages junior colleges to make improvements by providing continuous support through reviewing the Progress Report.
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Evaluation Process

The accreditation is implemented through the following process:

The applicant-junior college conducts a self-study based on the evaluation items specified by JUAA (①) and submits a Self-study Report. The Junior College Accreditation Committee reviews this Report (②). The Committee sends evaluators to each applicant-junior college (③). Taking the results of this site visit into consideration, the Committee drafts the accreditation results and forwards it to the applicant-junior college for opinions (④). After hearing the opinions of the applicant-junior college, the Committee formulates the final results of the accreditation, which will be notified to the applicant-junior college, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and disclosed to the general public(⑤). The accredited junior college submits the Progress Report concerning issues identified within 3 years after the accreditation evaluation(⑥). The JUAA reviews the status of improvements and provides feedback to each junior college(⑦).
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Accreditation Mark

The JUAA issues an accreditation mark to each junior college satisfying the Standards to certify its accredited status.
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