Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the purpose of IARC?
IARC provides a way of distinguishing reputable education from less credible education in the post secondary sector on a global basis. It has been designed to have high standards, but minimum bureaucracy. By keeping the bureaucracy of the system low, it is more affordable than many other systems.
The affordability means:
A. It is affordable for institutions from poorer nations
B. It does not cause a significant increase to operational costs and in turn course fees for schools can remain competitive
2. Who can join IARC?
Colleges, universities or any institution that provides post-secondary education, including vocational education, adult education, workplace training, degree and post-graduate education. These institutions may join as 'recognised' providers of post secondary education.
Professional and industry bodies such as institutes and associations may join as an affiliate.
3. How does IARC recognition compare with other recognition systems?
Most government recognition systems are geared toward standards for one state, region or country and therefore it can be difficult for employers in other countries to map to familiar qualifications from those studied overseas. The IARC recogition system is designed in such a way that we can consider quality standards across a range of countries. As a result, criteria for IARC recognition is different and it evolves from input of international educators. We are proud of this.
4. What advantages does IARC recognition have over other systems?
There are participating institutions across the world including Asia, Australia, Europe, America, South Africa and more. This gives studying with an IARC institution a higher international profile than studies elsewhere.
Through the global network which an IARC institution belongs to, it’s member institutions maintain communication with other educators across the globe, and as such, are in many ways more aware of global trends than other institutions. This network also provides contacts for those colleges and their students beyond their own country.
5. What does recognition mean?
It means that the institution has, on the basis of a formal submission, been judged as reputable, and of satisfying minimum criteria in the areas of administration, course content, course delivery and student assessment.
Recognition does not automatically confer status as any particular type of institution, such as a university, nor does it automatically mean that courses offered by that institution are accredited by IARC. Accreditation of a course by IARC recognises the fact that the course meets criteria which were determined an important distinguishing factor in establishing the credibility of that course.
6. What happens if I make a complaint?
Recognised institutions, or their students, are entitled to bring a complaint to the board. When an institution is found to be contravening IARC requirements for recognition, that institution will have their recognition immediately suspended until an investigation is undertaken. If necessary membership will be ceased immediately.
A new application for recognition will only be considered after a period of 12 months; and that new application must show beyond doubt, that any contravened requirement(s) has been corrected.
If you are not associated with IARC, but have a complaint, you may present it to any recognised institution, and if it's considered valid, they may bring it to the board on your behalf.
7. Who are the current Committee Board Members?
The Committee of the International Accreditation and Recognition Council are elected annually by the members of IARC at the Annual General Meeting. Any educator working for any of the recognised school's can be nominated and therefore elected for any of the positions of the Board. IARC encourages and welcomes additional and alternative people to stand for election into any of the Executive Board positions each year.
The 2012-2013 elected Excutive Committee Board is as follows
John Mason, President (representing Australian Correspondence Schools)
Carmel Thompson, Treasurer (representing the Southern Cross Connection)
Jade Sciascia, Secretary (representing ACS Distance Education, UK)
Stephen Eddey, Officer of the Board (representing Health Schools Australia)
James Pike, Officer of the Board (representing International Security Training)
Richard Martin, Officer of the Board (representing Short Courses Ireland)
Vahini Panda, International Relations Officer (representing Health Academy)
8. What is the difference between recognition and accreditation?
Recognition is granted to schools and institutions, whereas accreditation is granted to specific courses that meet course accreditation requirements. Not all of a school’s courses may be accredited. IARC membership does not automatically confer to the accredited status of the courses offered by that member school.
9. When does a new member pay the first annual membership fee?
New members are required to pay their first annual fee on joining after approval by the Committee as a member. The full annual fee is $330.00, however these are discounted in relation to the time of year in which a member joins (when the application is approved).
10. Are all applications approved?
No. Approximately one third of applications are not accepted. Some applications fail to meet the criteria minimum and therefore would not be eligible for IARC membership (recognition). We cannot comment on the eligibility of an organisation or school until a full application has been submitted.