The focus in the accreditation of new programmes is on evaluation of their capacity or potential to meet the NCHE's quality requirements within a specified period of time. Consequently, the evaluation focuses on the quality of the policies, strategies, procedures, curriculum, etc. that have been developed for the new programme. In the case of existing programmes, the focus is more on evaluation of implementation aspects and the achieved learning outcomes.
Institutional audit focuses on an institution's policies, systems, strategies and resources for Quality Assurance of its academic activities. The quality of academic activities per se is not evaluated. Audit panels, comprising experts in higher education issues, conduct evaluations using the NCHE's audit requirements as benchmarks. Institutional audits are improvement oriented, but accountability aspects are also integrated into the system.
Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions
The Higher education Act, 2003 (Act No. 26 of 2003) and the Regulations for the Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions 2009, make it compulsory for private institutions offering higher education programmes to register with the Ministry of Education, a task the Permanent Secretary delegated to the Executive Director of the National Council for Higher Education.
Registration means the granting of legal authority to offer higher education programmes. Thus, it enables a private higher education institution to operate within the law.
A registered institution must maintain its registration by continuing to comply with the requirements of the Act and the Regulations.
Private Higher Education Institutions are expected to put in place and apply their own policies and procedures for the assurance of the quality and standards of their programmes and qualifications.