Many people may have heard of the National Accreditation Board but hardly do they know all services provided by the institution. Or do they regard the said services should they know little about them.
The National Accreditation Board is now the Ghana Tertiary Education Council after having been merged with the National Council for Tertiary Education under new laws.
What is the National Accreditation Board?
The National Accreditation Board is a legally backed institution operating under Act 744: 1 of the Ghanaian constitution to
- Accredit both public and private institutions based on contents and standards of programmes they offer
- Determine the programmes and requirements for the proper operation of an institution and the maintenance of acceptable levels of academic or professional standards in the institution in consultation with that institution
- Determine the equivalences of diplomas, certificates and other qualifications awarded by institutions in the country or elsewhere
- Publish as required the list of accredited public and private institutions and programmes at the beginning of each calendar year
- Advise the President of Ghana on the grant of a Charter to a private tertiary institution
What Services are provided by NAB, now GTEC?
The National Accreditation Board provides the following services;
- Credentials evaluation
- Quality assurance
The National Accreditation Board accredits accredits tertiary institutions in Ghana by categorizing them into
- A University which is an educational institution built and tailored for advanced training and research in several branches of learning.This institution is enabled through accreditations from the NAB to confer degrees in various faculties, and it often embodies colleges, schools and similar institutions.
- A University College which is an institution of higher learning that is affiliated to a university and that offers instructions based on programmes approved by the university to which it is affiliated and whose degrees or diplomas of certificates are awarded by the parent university.
- A Polytechnic which is an institution of higher education in which programmes in a large range of subjects, especially, of a technical or vocational kind are available to be taught.
- A College which is an establishment for further or higher education in the liberal arts (Pure Science or Humanities) or professional studies, sometimes, part of a university like a Business College
- A School which is an educational institution for higher learning devoted to a special branch of education,for example; School of Education, School of Economics, School of Medicine, School of Law.
This service assess educational credentials thus; certificate, diploma or degree earned from local and other countries into Ghanaian equivalent.
It involves general evaluation report, credential verification and authenticity, institutional report evaluation and establishment of equivalences of certificates acquired at all levels of education.
This service involves the development of various quality assurance instruments, guidelines and protocols for all pre-, accreditation and post-accreditation quality assurance processes.
This service includes academic audit, quality monitoring, and institutional reviews as well as investigative visits and verification visits.
The National Accreditation Board is involved in building the capacity of staff, Board members, experts and client institutions.
The Board organizes this targeted training for each of these interest groups to sustain an institutional culture of maintaining a common understanding of NAB’s operational environment requirements, and laws, policies, standards, procedures and guidelines used by NAB in its operation.
The majors services of the National Accreditation Board are very elaborative and many of them are paid services.