Reader’s Letter: The truth about accreditation

POSTED: 08/9/11 11:57 AM

The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines accreditation as an official approval given by an organization stating that something has achieved the required standard. This doesn’t mean that if an institution is unaccredited means it is not good.

Accreditation is an expensive process and requires a huge financial commitment to maintain its status. At a time when money is scarce and a budget reflecting pessimism, we shouldn’t burden ourselves with extra costs.
Are we saying to our former and prospective graduates of USM that their courses do not meet international accreditation standard? If this is so, this is pure nonsense.
Accreditation costs a lot of money. If we look at the list of the top 200 universities published by the U.S. Department of Education, you’ll see a lot of good schools can’t even pay their accreditation fees.

We are a country now. Our government should grant chartered status to the University of St. Martin (U.S.M). We must learn to recognize our own institution of higher learning. Many schools, colleges and universities all over the world are unaccredited.
I personally feel that now a days, it is much better to be “approved” than to be accredited. The University of the West Indies was an external college of the University of London in 1948. Now it is chartered with the support of 15 Caribbean governments. The University of London, considered to be one of the best schools in the world, is unaccredited.
The University of Timbuktu was the first university in the world to be granted a state charter. This dates back to the 14th century (1311), then London University in 1836.

Most of the top 200 schools are from the following countries; USA, Britain, Brazil, Spain, China, Hong Kong and Mexico. An institution is only as good as the students it produced. The true recognition of any degree is when you are put on the job.
If we want our university to be recognized and respected, we must have government charter the institution. We have to make our university work for us. If an outside institution doesn’t want to accept degrees offered by our schools, then don’t accept theirs either. This is the currency approach; It is not every country that recognizes another’s currency. So you can’t tell someone to accept your currency over his. Qualifications are like that. Acceptance here goes with the system and procedures that a country has in place.

Joseph Harvey.

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