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Quality Enhancement Seminars                            2.4 Areas of Operation
          Ongoing development with accredited institutions      The Areas of Operation, which are described in detail in a
          includes the delivery of training programmes for      document downloadable from the ASIC website, are:
          institutions on topics such as the accreditation process
          itself, health and safety, relations with awarding bodies,   a.  Premises and Health and Safety
          quality assurance and enhancement, course review,     b.  Management and Staff Resources
          high-quality and ethical student recruitment, the
          development of codes of practice and ethics policies,   c.  Learning and Teaching; Course Delivery
          compliance with local government regulations, and     d.  Quality Assurance and Enhancement
          combating fraud. These seminars are repeated on a
          regular basis and additional seminars will be offered in   e.  Student Welfare
          the light of future developments and institution requests.  f.  Awards and Qualifications

           2.3 Accreditation Principles                         g.  Marketing and Student Recruitment
          ASIC accreditation is an internationally renowned quality   h.  Systems Management and Compliance with
          standard for schools, colleges, universities and online   Immigration Regulations
          learning providers.                                     2.5 About Accreditation
          ASIC has been formed to bring independent information
          to both the student population and the wider Higher   ASIC accreditation is holistic – encompassing institutions
          Education world, through its international accreditation   in their entirety rather than particular programmes or
          service with well-defined and objective benchmarking.  qualifications. As such ASIC do not accredit educational
                                                                courses or programmes and ASIC accreditation does
          Accreditation by ASIC is independent and unbiased     not confer approval or international acceptance of an
          and the accreditation of institutions is undertaken by   institution’s programmes. Nor does ASIC accreditation
          inspectors who have a wealth of relevant experience.   confer degree awarding powers to an institution.
          While the assessment leading to accreditation covers the
          whole range of facilities, resources and activities of the   ASIC offers accreditation to many types of educational
          institutions (see Areas of Operation listed in Section 2.4   providers including Universities, Colleges, Schools,
          and the Areas of Operation for International Institutions   Training Organisations, Online and Distance Education
          which are downloadable from the ASIC website), there   Providers. In addition to this ASIC are able to offer
          is a focus on the whole student experience and on the   accreditation of Faculties or departments within a larger
          underpinning staff expertise.                         college or university.
                                                                Please contact the ASIC office for more information
          ASIC accreditation is holistic–encompassing institutions
          in their entirety rather than particular programmes or   about this.
          qualifications. Institutions may, therefore, approach ASIC
          for accreditation regardless of their specific discipline
          focus. The primary objective of the accreditation
          process is not to award a one-off kite-mark, but rather to
          recognise and underpin an institution’s commitment to
          providing a high quality learning experience for students
          in a safe and supportive environment, and to continuing
          quality enhancement of that experience.

          Accreditation through ASIC will help students and
          parents make a more informed choice and will also help
          a school, college, university, training provider or distance
          education provider, demonstrate to the international
          student body that they are a high quality institution.
          Our international accreditation allows students to gain a
          realistic and honest picture of what an institution is really
          like in terms of quality, resources, student support and

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