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International Accreditation Organization (IAO) is an international quality assurance agency, working to improve operating standards of organizations all over the world. With its global network of experts, IAO grants accreditation to Educational Institutions, Corporations, Professionals and Qualified Individuals.

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IAO - Benchmarking International Accreditation Standards Globally

  1. 1. AL ACCR ON E TI D A I TAINTERN TION O N RG A N I Z AT I O Benchmarking Quality Standards Worldwide www.iao.org
  2. 2. Accreditation is a formalrecognition of competenceto perform specific tasks. Itprovides means foridentifying conformance tointernationally recognizedstandards. This is calledbenchmarking quality in the21st century. AL ACCR ON E TI D A I TAINTERN TION O N RG A N I Z AT I O
  3. 3. MISSION OF IAO“The mission of IAO is to establish, preserve and promote thefinest quality standards worldwide by acting as a catalyst forinformation, training and networking to educational institutes,professionals, students & corporations.” www.iao.org
  4. 4. TABLE OF CONTENTSAbout IAO IAO’s Offerings An Overview 04 Accreditation for Institutions 12 Need for International Accreditation 04 Accreditation for Universities 12 IAO’s International Accreditation 04 Accreditation for Schools 12 IAO’s Points Profile 05 Accreditation for Professionals 12 Pofile 05 Accreditation for Qualifications 12 Foundation Philosophy 06 Accreditation for Corporations 12 Global Chapters 07 Evaluation Commission 08 Strategic Alliances 10 Memberships 10IAO’s Accreditation Metrics and Process Points Profile System 14 Organizational Management 14 Academic Management 14 Institutional Performance 14 Accreditation Process 15 Orientation 16 Application Forms 16 Candidacy Status 16 Full Accreditation 16
  5. 5. Benchmarking InternationalAccreditation Standards GloballyABOUT IAO
  6. 6. AN OVERVIEW IAO is an international quality assurance agency, working to improve operating standards of organizations all over the world. With its global network of experts, IAO grants accreditation to Educational Institutions, Corporations, Professionals and Qualified Individuals. Need For IAO’s International Accreditation International Accreditation Accreditation and quality assurance are essential Consumers of today need assurance about their factors that complete the organizational/institutional choices; whether it is a student selecting a university, network. Regional accreditation bodies have dutifully an organization deciding to enter into a business evaluated organizations on a regional scale and granted agreement with another, or individuals looking for them Primary Accreditation. However, the rapid growth professional development opportunities. At IAO we of globalization calls for a global entity which can seek to promote high standards of quality in evaluate organizations against internationally proven organizational practices through an ongoing process standards of quality and grant an internationally of accreditation. recognized Secondary Accreditation to an enterprise. IAO has been working with a diverse team of experts IAO provides accreditation to the following globally: from different walks of life to create standards that are both regionally and internationally recognized and Universities Corporations accepted. Institutes Professionals Schools Students IAO provides international accreditation to the organizations to serve as secondary accreditation, enhance the entitys regional accreditation and assure the stakeholders that programs, policies and procedures of the organization are on a par with international standards. IAOs International Accreditation represents an education institution’s commitment to providing a quality education and an enabling, learning-oriented environment to students.www.iao.org04
  7. 7. IAO provides international accreditation to the organizations to serve assecondary accreditation, enhance the entitys regional accreditation andassures stakeholders that the program, policies and procedures of theorganization are up to the international standards of quality. IAOsInternational Accreditation represents an entitys commitment to deliveringquality which is on a par with the global standards.IAOs Points Profile System ProfileIAO grants international accreditation through a unique IAO owes its success to its strong network ofand patented Points Profile System that is developed experts and accreditation professionals serving inby organizing the best global organizational practices in over 180 countries. IAO has also collaborated withone place in collaboration with regional accreditation regional accreditation bodies to supplement theirbodies. IAOs Point Profile System works as general strict accreditation methods. IAO is an expert inbasis of evaluation for any organization/individual standardizing organizational practices internationallyregardless of their origin to supplement their regional and accrediting organizations and individuals fromaccreditation and provide an additional international academic and professional sectors. IAOs first-rateaccreditation. The Points Profile System is a dynamic services are also recognized by different globaland evolving system that is continually updated in order accreditation associations.to cater new developments in the academic andprofessional quarters. www.iao.org 05
  8. 8. Foundation Philosophy IAO conducts organizational assessments and evaluations based on a unique Points Profile System that focuses on improving the quality standards by providing specific recommendations. Before IAO was formed, there was no true global accreditation body to accredit academic & business IAO’s accreditation approach is service providers and students & professionals despite focused on improving organizational substantial expansion in these sectors in recent years. standards by providing specific recommendations based on a unique GESFWA (Global Education Support Forum for Working Points Profile System. The approach Adults) took the initiative and formed IAO to promote differentiates itself from other Quality the educational standards for students & institutions Assurance Practices based on: worldwide. IAO was created with the aim of expanding GESFWA’s outreach by providing required systems and solutions so that more and more institutions, schools, 01 Points score instead of Pass/Fail professionals and students endorse quality educational standards. 02 Full recommendation report to further improve Quailty standards Recently, IAO has also started to accredit corporations with the aim of promoting reputable interests and 03 Borderless approach through global corporate objectives. It ensures an adequate level of representatives structural integrity and quality of product and/or service. www.iao.org06
  9. 9. Global ChaptersIAO has presence in more than 180 countries to accomplish itsmission of standardizing and promoting organizational qualityassurance standards worldwide.IAO’s chapters aim to establish and strengthen quality standardsin academic and corporate sectors in different regions across theglobe. IAO has native experts in its team who are well aware ofthe dynamics of the regional practices and possess thenecessary expertise and knowledge to enhance the existingorganizational quality assurance standards.The chapters are also responsible for organizing seminars,workshops and events that facilitate IAO in serving organizationsand other stakeholders in a specific region.Following are a few regions where our chapters are located: Germany Lebanon North America Italy Syria Jordan Saudia Arabia Egypt Oman India Dubai Philippines Singapore Malaysia South America IAO holds presence in more than 180 countries www.iao.org 07
  10. 10. EVALUATION COMMISSION For each international chapter, IAO inducts native educational and accreditation experts in the team who are well aware of the dynamics of their countrys academic and corporate sectors and possess the necessary expertise and knowledge to serve their people. Dr W.G.Somaratne Dr. Somaratne is a highly distinguished member of IAO. He has vast experience in Dr. Ines Dika community development and currently serves Brent M. Dr. Dika has as Additional Project Director (Programme Tabor obtained Ph.D. Management) Community Development and Brent M. Tabor is in International Livelihood Improvement Project, Gemidiriya, a financial expert Relations and is serving as a Sri Lanka. He is a noted public speaker who and possesses rich experience professor in the Agricultural has delivered lectures and presentations on in the fields of accounting and University of Tirana. She also agricultural economy when he was working as finance. Currently pursuing a has exceptional language skills Advocacy and Programme Policy Manager at PhD at North Central University, and brings value to IAO through Oxfam Australia. He has also published books AZ, Brent M. Tabor has added her worldwide network of peers on contract farming potential and problems in immense value to the cause of working to enhance the quality Sri Lankan agriculture. IAO. of education. Dr. Ameer Ali Najib Nicolas Gerges Dr. Ameer Ali is a distinguished Dr.Gerges’s valuable work experience has made him member of IAO. He serves as one of the most reliable and treasured IAO members. Chairperson and Assistant professor A civil engineer by profession, his valuable in the Department of Computer Science and experience in water resources and environmental engineering has Engineering (CSE), East West University. He is helped him attain managerial positions at Dar Al Handshah Shair valuable to the Organization for his extensive and Partners, Parsons International Limited and Beiswenger Hoch teaching experience and in-depth research in the and Associates. He is also teaching water resources engineering field of Information Technology. and project management courses at the University of Balamand and at the Lebanese American University.www.iao.org08
  11. 11. EVALUATION COMMISSION Dr. Friedrich Schneider Dr. Friedrich Schneider is a Professor of Economics at Johannes Kepler University ofLinz, Austria. He obtained his PhD in Economicsfrom the University of Konstanz and has since Xiaofeng Huheld numerous visiting and honorary positions at Xiaofeng Hu has obtained his Ph.D degree froma number of universities. He was Dean of Social Shanghai Jiao Tong University and his research interestsScience and Economics and Vice President of lies in simulation, planning, scheduling and managementForeign Affairs at Johannes Kepler University of of manufacturing systems (including assembly lines, project shops,Linz and President of the Austrian Economic hybrid flowshops, re-entrant manufacturing lines and hospitals). HeAssociation. He has also been consultant to has conducted various research projects and published numerousnumerous organizations including the Brussels EU papers. Currently, he serves as a lecturer in the Computer IntegratedCommission. He has published extensively in Manufacturing Research Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Hevarious economic journals. He brings value to IAO was also granted SMC Excellent Young Faculty Award in 2009 andthrough his extensive worldwide experience in Outstanding Supervisor of Undergraduate in 2010 by Shanghai Jiaoeducation and research. Tong University. Ambili P.K Dr. Mohammed Marta Zugaro Mrs. Ambili Aldasht Marta is a Puthusseri has Dr. Mohammed Aldasht consultancy and obtained her brings value to the IAO training enthusiast Master’s degree in computer through his interests in parallel with a masters degree in application and has also computing, evolutionary computing, Archaeology. She has been an completed many certification optimization and prediction problems in academic achiever and has won a programs that have high performance computing. He has six-month scholarship with the sharpened her technical also published various works in the field University of Tuscia. She has also skills. She is a very of computer sciences and has also worked with world-renowned passionate and hardworking conducted a research project in professors and industry individual of IAO. Intelligent Algorithms for Prediction and professionals at different training Optimization in Heterogeneous Clusters programs and seminars. at the Palestine University. He has www.iao.org obtained his Ph. D. from the University of Granada and now serves as the Dean for College of Admin. Sciences and Informatics in Palestine Polytechnic University. 09
  12. 12. STRATEGIC ALLIANCES IAO has collaborated with distinguished regional accreditation bodies to supplement their strict accreditation methods using its Points Profile System, supported by the latest technology to establish, preserve and promote the finest quality assurance standards worldwide. IAO collaborates with different Quality Assurance agencies to formulate plans for improving the operational standards in organizations and to help them discover their competitive potential among regional and international peers. The objective of this exercise is to enhance operating standards to international levels. Currently, the following associations are partners with IAO: MEMBERSHIPS In pursuit of its mission to increase the global quality standards for academic and business corporations and individuals, IAO has formed associations with GESFWA international bodies that work towards enhancing International Education Global Education Support Forum Accreditation Commission for Working Adults such standards worldwide.www.iao.org10
  13. 13. Setting International Quality Standardsfor Universities, Institutes, SchoolsCorporations, Professionalsand Students WorldwideIAO OFFERINGS
  14. 14. IAO ACCREDITATION SERVICES IAO is an entity entrusted with the responsibility of providing quality assurance to educational institutions, business corporations, professionals and qualified individuals. IAOs international accreditation can be broadly categorized as follows: IAO accredits universities providing education by means Accreditation of either e-learning/distance learning or on-campus for Universities study programs. Traditional and distance learning career colleges and Accreditation institutions imparting job oriented and professional for Institutes training to students can gain accreditation through IAO. International accreditation is offer to elementary/primary Accreditation and secondary schools all over the world that fulfill their for Schools students learning& development needs. IAO also accredits professionals who serve in various Accreditation fields and industries worldwide and may have even for Professionals completed recognized programs of field specific training. International accreditation for students is specifically Accreditation designed for students who have earned or are earning for Students qualifications in various specializations and fields of study worldwide. Corporations employing the highest standards of quality Accreditation assurance in business management & performance in for Corporations various markets worldwide, can earn International accreditation from IAO.12
  15. 15. Ensuring Highest QualityStandards through our UniquePoints Profile SystemIAO’S ACCREDITATIONMETRICS AND PROCESS
  16. 16. IAO ACCREDITATION METRICS IAO’s accreditation is conferred by rigorously evaluating all applicants against the unique patented evaluation process, known as Points Profile System, based on the best global practices in education and organizations. Points Profile System As per the Points Profile system, certain points are assigned to every answer submitted in the application form, which are then rated to calculate a final score for each category. A visit of IAO’s Evaluation Commission is also conducted for a physical evaluation of the organization. These scores are put together to form a matrix that measures the quality of the applicant from different angles. This Points Profile System is intelligently designed to detect strengths and weaknesses against the international standards. The final matrix gives the overall picture of the applicants quality and standards and also makes recommendations to improve performance in different areas. 01 02 03 Organizational Academic/Business Institutional/Business Management Management Performance Organizational Management The academic / business IAO calculates organization’s deals with factors pertaining management of an performance based on the to the organization’s overall institute/organization is progress of the employers, management. These factors calculated based on factors alumni, standard certifications include the organizational such as the quality and of the instituition/business, structure, time of existence of relevance of the curriculum, and the number of the institution, existence of a admission policies, flexible accreditations possessed by defined vision, ethical hours, faculty,employes, HR the organization. practices, research & Policies, financial scholarships, marketing, etc. management etc. * Students and professionals are not accredited on the abovementioned metrics and the on-site visit also does not apply towww.iao.org them. Rather they are evaluated on factors such as their academic profile, experience, etc.14
  17. 17. ACCREDITATION PROCESS The steps to our accreditation process are described below. These steps are a guide to learning more about IAO’s accreditation. Step 7 Step 1 IAO’s consultant will work Signup to provide your basic details Now regularly in improving your at IAO & start your accreditation Points Profile Score through process recommendations itatio n Step 2 red s c ou t ay s Fill in your accreditation i u Atcn men ng Lo Sig 3 D application online, offline on rove ll nU 2- e Lif C p p or through consultant Fu Im ion App Accreditat FullStep 6 licationAfter visit, your institutewill be eligible for Full PROCESSAccreditation alongwith final PointsProfile Score, Day Befor e 30th 1-2 Da ys Step 3 Docertificate, seal & Provide documents to validate the information cu sitmore benefits you submitted earlier in Vi m e your application nt s Candidacy 1-1 1D 0D ay Step 5 Step 4 ays IAO commission members Candidacy status makes your will visit your institute institute eligible for Full Accreditation. to validate the documents You will receive a preliminary Points & information you submitted Profile Score, a Letter your institute will www.iao.org earlier in the application be listed among other candidate institutes on IAO’s website 15
  18. 18. ACCREDITATION PROCESS Step 1: (Now) Step 5: (1-10 Days) Signup Visit The first step is to signup with IAO and provide your The last step to gain full accreditation is the visit of basic information. This includes your personal profile IAO’s representative to the applicant and organizational information. Institution/School/University or office on a mutually agreed date. The IAO will evaluate nstitutional Step 2: (2-3 Days) system for full accreditation through physical location and/or online provision system, through Application Form student/employee involvement and through the IAOs proprietary variable. Organizations/Individuals are required to submit their details through the application form available on IAO’s website. The form covers details like the Organization’s Step 6: (Before 30th Day) mission, and information about faculty/ employees, etc. Full Accreditation For individuals, the forms require details such as their educational and work experiences, any awards and Full accreditation will be awarded and the final recognitions, etc. This is reflective of the strengths and points profile will be granted to the applicant weaknesses of the institution/school/corporation/ educational institution/corporation based on IAO’s individuals as per accreditation standards. The form evaluator(s’) visit and assessment. Once the can either be completed online through your account education institute receives full accreditation, they area, downloaded to be filled later or you can ask for a can communicate the status on their website and consultant’s assistance to complete your form. can also use it for reference in official documents and files. Also, the printed certificate with IAO’s official seal will be shipped to the provided official Step 3: (1-2 Days) address Additionally and most importantly, they Validation Documents will receive final points profile score highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the institute. The Organization/Individual is also required to submit certain documents for IAO to validate the information filled in the accreditation application forms. Step 7: (Life Long) Continuous Improvement Step 4: (1 Day) Once fully accredited your journey with IAO won’t Candidacy end here. Our members will be working with you on a regular basis as to how you can improve the On the basis of all the submitted documentary standards of your organization/institute through evidence through the detailed form and validation our continuous improvement process. documents, the organization/individual is evaluated for candidacy based on IAO’s unique patented profiling system. If annouced eligible for candidacy, the IAO will award an organization/individual with a Candidacywww.iao.org letter, provide preliminary points profile and provide them an opportunity to be listed on IAO’s website among other candidates Institutes of IAO.16
  19. 19. AL ACCR ON E TI D A I TAINTERN TION O N RG A N I Z AT I O Contact IAO Contact Office: IAO, 10685-B Hazelhurst Dr. #11524 Houston, TX 77043, USA Phone: 1-866-2768-IAO (426) Email: contact@iao.org Website: http://iao.org