Basic Principles of Public-Professional
accreditation of Educational Programs
S.I. Gerasimov
Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI”, S.O. Shaposhnikov
Key words: public professional accreditation, university degree programs, basic principles.
The article analyzes basic principle for organizing and carrying out public-
professional accreditation of university degree program submitted by
technical higher education institutions.
meeting the so-called “world standards” developed by the international scientific and technical society. Public-professional S.I. Gerasimov
1. Voluntary principle.
accreditation of their own accord. there process. in different countries it is carried take part in this quite a labour-intensive organizations (bodies) in different ways, principles [2,3,4]. nevertheless, despite the differences and peculiarities, there S.O. Shaposhnikov
is a system of basic principles of public- activity. the stimuli can be different in different countries. thus, in canada, only article deals mainly with accreditation of national EXPEriEncE in Educational PrograM accrEditation ENGINEERING
special opinion to the evaluation report if he/she disagrees with the colleges’ 4. Principle of accrediting
agency’s independence.
2. recurrence principle.
authorities and political structures, as well as sponsors. this condition is strictly controlled by international associations and ever”. as a rule, the programs are accredited for 4-5 years, after that the (EQar) [7] that requires all agencies to “continuous improvement”, as well as the accreditation criteria can be updated 3. Principle of experts’
accrediting particular udPs – all this system exists it is based on independent evaluation are taken by an elected board international monitors (representatives of international accreditation agencies) can 5. Principle of the declared
accrediting subject area.
belong to the declared subject area (for the field of technologies and technique) programs awarding Bachelor’s, Master’s and specialist’s degrees). obviously the be enlarged, for example it is necessary to develop accrediting procedure and criteria for advanced educational programs. in any national EXPEriEncE in Educational PrograM accrEditation ENGINEERING
8. Principle of respect, partnership
subject area. it is not mere chance that the and mutual interests.
international accrediting associations are and criteria should recognize particular 6. Transparency principle.
after all, the term “accreditation” comes from latin “credo” (trust). it is natural should be available for a wide interested that HEis differ in their possibilities, accrediting Board by the HEi, as well as does not mean that one size should fit all evaluation report made by the examination universities interested in degree program team should be at the disposal. as a rule, such sort of information is confidential one and can be available for interested parties when approved by all parties involved (first particular features of HEis, their missions, 7. Principle of common goal of
UDP accrediting procedure.
interests (in our case, academic society) should not have restrictive and regulatory in practical activities. these goals should of mutual interest in fair and objective character of the stakeholders’ interaction national EXPEriEncE in Educational PrograM accrEditation ENGINEERING
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4. accreditation Manual [Electronic resource] (for evaluation visits after august 2011) / inst. Eng. singapore; Eng. accred. Board. – singapore, 2011. – 26 p. – url: http://, free. – tit. from the tit. screen (usage 5. shaposhnikov s.o. accreditation of Engineering Programs in canada// accreditation in Education. – 2010. -№1(36). – P. 36-41 6. shaposhnikov s.o. review of accreditation of Engineering Programs in lithuania// Engineering education. – 2012. -№9. – P. 40-45 7. European Quality assurance register for Higher Education [Electronic resource]: [the offic. site]. – [Brussels, 2013]. – url:, free. – tit. from the screen 8. standards and recommendations for Higher Education Quality guarantee in European area/the European association for Quality assurance in Higher Education. accreditation in education, 2008. – 58 p. – [Electronic resource] – url: http://www., free. – title from the screen (reference date:


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