Japan University Accreditation Association
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Public Policy Schools

Standards Objectives and Characteristics
Schools Subject to Evaluation Evaluation Process
Accreditation Mark  


The JUAA Standards for Professional Graduate Public Policy Schools serve as criteria for JUAA to evaluate and accredit professional graduate public policy schools, as well as a guideline for the schools to maintain and improve their quality. The Standards consist of:

1. Goals
2. Educational Program, Instruction and Outcomes
3. Faculty Structure
4. Student Admissions
5. Education and Research Environment and Student Services
6. Administration
7. Accountability


Objectives and Characteristics

The JUAA conducts Certified Evaluation and Accreditation for professional graduate public policy schools to assure and enhance the quality of their academic activities by focusing on:

1) the Educational Goals

The JUAA evaluates the academic activities of each school, shedding light on how each school strives to attain the educational goals declared by the school itself.

2) Continuous Improvement

Each accredited professional graduate public policy school 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 school to make improvements, providing continuous support through reviewing the Progress Report.

3) Peer Review

The evaluators assigned in Certified Evaluation and Accreditation for professional graduate public policy schools are mainly professional graduate public policy school faculty members who take part in the evaluation as peers.

4) Characteristic Good Practices

The characteristics and excellent activities identified in the process of evaluation are publicized widely as good practices.

Schools Subject to Evaluation

Applicable schools to JUAA’s Certified Evaluation and Accreditation are those meeting the following requirements
1) The titles of degrees conferred must be Master of Public Policy (professional), Master of International and Administration Policy (professional), Master of Public Management (professional), or other equivalent titles.

Evaluation Process

The accreditation is implemented in a process as follows:

The applicant-school conducts a self-study based on the evaluation items specified by JUAA (①) and submits a Self-study Report. The Professional Graduate Public Policy School Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Committee reviews this Report. (②). The Committee sends evaluators to each applicant-school (③). Taking the results of this site visit into consideration, the Committee drafts the accreditation results and forwards it to the applicant-public policy school for opinions (④). After hearing the opinions of the applicant-school, the Committee formulates the final results of the accreditation, which will be notified to the applicant-school, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and disclosed to the general public (⑤). The accredited public policy school submits a Progress Report within 2 years after the accreditation concerning issues identified in the accreditation evaluation (⑥). The JUAA reviews the status of improvements and provides feedback to each school(⑦).

Accreditation Mark

The JUAA issues an accreditation mark to each university satisfying the Standards to certify its accredited status
Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Results
Accreditation (University) Accreditation (Junior College)
Accreditation (Law School) Accreditation (Business School)
Accreditation (Public Policy School) Accreditation (School of Public Health)
Accreditation (School of Intellectual Property Studies)
Accreditation (School of Global Communication) Accreditation (School of Digital Contents)
Accreditation (School of Veterinary Medicine)