BECOME AN ACCREDITED INSTITUTION
Become an ICAN accredited institution in order to provide Academy for International Science and Research (AISR) / Manipur International University (MIU) Accredited programmes, independent courses and training modules in its out centres, which have been recognised by ICAN. We will guide you through the application stages and offer help and advice about the processes.
ICAN strives for high quality education and therefore, we have a thorough accreditation process and we are confident that any organisation, which undergoes this process will be in a prime position to offer our high quality educational programmes and conduct research at an international level. The accreditation will give your organisation a high degree of international confidence.
Benefits of becoming an ICAN Accredited Centre:
ICAN accreditation is the symbol of trust in educational services offered by institutions. It will strengthen the profile of your institution and will reassure students, that you provide the highest quality of educational experience to them.
The ICAN Accreditation is not a one off process, it is about developing a long-lasting working relationship with your institution to ensure that consistent quality procedures are in place.
External quality control of your systems and resources that support learning will give students confidence in your institution.
Your procedures and practices will be further developed, so that they are more robust, allowing you better time management and more efficient use of your resources in the future.
You will be able to use the ICAN and AISR (if you are delivering an AISR qualification) logo when promoting your learning provision to prospective learners, volunteers or employees.
Publish news in the monthly ICAN newsletter
Participate in our conferences and events at a discounted rate
Use of ICAN logo as reference on your websites, blogs, brochures, electronic correspondence etc.
Certificate of Accreditation, ICAN logo for use on business cards, letterheads, publicity materials, website, Facebook and other social media platforms.
Advice on agent contracts with sample agreements, code of ethics for agents and student satisfaction surveys.
Guidance on the drafting of policies and procedures for quality assurance, including internal auditing systems course review, classroom observation, staff appraisal and development, and student assessment.
Visits by ICAN, during which we will provide advice, guidance and consultancy services.
The Centre accreditation process includes two phases, Phase 1 and Phase 2, and include the following areas:
A – Premises, and Health and Safety
B – Governance, Management and Staff Resources
C – Learning, Teaching and Research Activity
D – Quality Assurance and Enhancement
E – Student Welfare
F – Awards and Qualifications
G – Marketing and Recruitment of Students
H – Systems Management and Compliance with Immigration Regulations
Phase 1: Review of Documentation
After receiving the Centre Accreditation fee, the centre accreditation application form along with all the supporting documents indicated in the form, ICAN's assessor will check the documents and may ask for further details. If the information provided is assessed as acceptable, the process moves to Phase 2 and ICAN will then contact the institution to organise the visit to the institution.
Phase 2: Inspection
Phase 2 inspection is usually a one day visit by an ICAN Inspector, who will focus on the institution’s compliance with statutory and immigration requirements (if applicable), premises and health and safety, management, the adequacy of the teaching resources for the advertised or planned courses, and staff and student records. A check-list of the documents which need to be prepared for the visit will be forwarded to the institution in advance. Please note, that the length of the visit is dependent on the size and location of the institution.
Phase 1 includes the following steps:
STEP 1 – Contact us for an initial discussion
After filling in the Centre Recognition Interest form below, one of our Quality Assurance Officers will be in touch with you to find out more information about the processes and requirements for Centre Approval. Once the Board members of ICAN agree that your organisation has the potential to gain approval as a ICAN centre your organisation will be asked to submit a full application.
STEP 2 – The Application
The Centre Approval application documents and guidance notes will be forwarded to your organisation. You should also submit an application for Accreditation of at least one programme. Please note that your programme must be approved by ICAN before any learner registrations can be made.
STEP 3 – Assessment of Application
During stage 3, ICAN will assess your application using our risk assessment and quality assurance processes to determine if your organisation as a centre can fully comply with the requirements of being a ICAN centre
Phase 2 includes the following steps:
STEP 4 – Centre Approval Visit
In most cases a Centre Approval Visit will be required as part of the decision-making process. This visit will be arranged with your organisation in advance and once all payment has been received. The main purpose of the Centre Approval Visit is to assess the centre’s ability to maintain, and in fact increase standards in the long term. As part of the visit, the Quality Assessing Officer may wish to review centre documentation, meet with staff and students, and view the premises. A detailed schedule of the visit along with a list of documents that will be required will be communicated to the centre in advance of the visit taking place.
STEP 5 – Centre Approval Decision
During stage 5, the Quality Assessing Officer will give a recommendation to the Board Members of ICAN as to whether Accredited Award Centre Status and course Accreditation should be granted with or without conditions.
Centres must receive approval to run at least one course Accreditation to be awarded Accredited Centre Status. Should the Course Accreditation Approval Application be rejected at this stage, an Action Plan may be provided to the centre in order to assist them in meeting the requirements of the Course Accreditation Approval.
Certification of Centre Approval
Once Centre Approval has been granted, the centre will receive a ICAN certificate providing approval for two years. At this point the centre will be allowed to use the ICAN logo. Please note: All uses of the ICAN logo must be approved beforehand.