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Standards Objectives and Characteristics
Evaluation Process Accreditation Mark


The JUAA University Standards serve as criteria for JUAA to evaluate and accredit universities, as well as a guideline for universities to maintain and improve their quality. The Standards consist of:

1. Mission and Purpose
2. Education and Research Organization
3. Faculty and Faculty Organization
4. Educational Content, Methods, and Outcome
5. Enrollment
6. Student Support
7. Education and Research Environment
8. Social Cooperation and Contribution
9. Administration and Finance
10. Internal Quality Assurance

University Standards and Explanation (146KB)

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Objectives and Characteristics

The JUAA conducts the University Accreditation (Certified Evaluation and Accreditation for universities) to assure and enhance the quality of their academic activities by focusing on:

1) the Internal Quality Assurance System and its Effectiveness

As the ultimate responsibility for quality assurance lies in the university itself, the main focus of University Accreditation is therefore placed on the function of internal quality assurance system and its effectiveness.

2) Self-improvement Activities

The JUAA emphasizes self-study by each university to engage in autonomous improvement.

3) Basic Evaluation and Achievement Evaluation

The JUAA places more emphasis on the “Achievement Evaluation” to evaluate the degree of achievement of the mission, goals, and educational objectives set by the university, while “Basic Evaluation” is implemented strictly to evaluate whether the university meets the basic requirements.

4) Continuous Improvement

Each accredited university is required to submit a Progress Report based on the accreditation results, demonstrating improvement on insufficiencies or non-compliances identified in the accreditation evaluation. The JUAA encourages the university to make improvements by providing continuous support through reviewing the Progress Report.

5) Peer Reviews

The evaluators assigned in University Accreditation are mainly faculty or administrative staff members of full-member universities who take part in the evaluation as peers.

Evaluation Process

The accreditation is implemented through the following process:

The applicant-university conducts a self-study based on the evaluation items specified by JUAA (①) and submits a Self-study Report. The University Accreditation Committee reviews this Report (②). The Committee sends evaluators to each applicant-university (③). Taking the results of this site visit into consideration, the Committee drafts the accreditation results and forwards it to the applicant-university for opinions (④). After hearing the opinions of the applicant-university, the Committee formulates the final results of the accreditation, which will be notified to the applicant-university, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and disclosed to the general public(④). The accredited university submits a Progress Report concerning issues identified within 3 years after the accreditation evaluation(⑥). JUAA reviews the status of improvements and provides feedback to each university(⑦).
For further detail on University Accreditation , please see University Accreditation Handbook.
University Accreditation Handbook (1,266KB)

Accreditation Mark

The JUAA issues an accreditation mark to each university satisfying the Standards to certify its accredited status.
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