HOW DO YOU DETERMINE IF A COURSE OR COLLEGE IS CREDIBLE?
 

Most people assume a course is credible is it is "recognised" or "accredited" ..... but accreditation schemes vary enormously in their standards; and many of the best courses are not always accredited.

Try the following test for any college, school, or university, and see how it scores:

Question Points

Can more than 50% of graduates readily find work soon after graduating?

 

5

Can more than 75% of graduates readily find work soon after graduating?

 

5

Does the course provide a foundation that kick starts life long learning?

 

5

Has the institution been established for a long time (over 5 years)?

 

5

Do all staff have significant industry experience in their discipline and at a level above what they teach?

 

5

Do all staff have formal qualifications at or above the level they teach?

 

5

Is the course constantly and quickly changing, in response to changes within the discipline?

 

5

Is the institution or are staff members of industry organisations in disciplines taught

 

5

Is the institution visible (eg. Is it seen readily in internet searches, magazine ads, at trade shows, known to industry leaders, etc)

 

5

Does the institution maintain and promote an open and ethical policy of dealing with students (eg. publishing refunds policies, complaints policies, etc)

 

5

Is the institution or any of it's courses formally recognised or accredited by one or more government accreditation or recognition bodies somewhere in the world

 

5

Is the institution subject to auditing by an external body (eg. an accreditation body -government or non government; Quality Assurance authority, etc)

 

5

Is there a formal relationship (eg. affiliation, partnership etc) established with one or more other credible businesses, colleges, schools or universities.

 

5

 

Institutions that have more points could be considered more credible.
 
 
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