The Accreditation of Learning Programmes is both a status and process of external quality review used by HEIs to scrutinise higher education programmes for quality assurance and quality improvement. Thus, by accepting accreditation status, HEIs agree to uphold the quality standards set by the HEA, and also agree to periodically.


As a status, accreditation provides public notification that an institution or programme meets standards of quality set forth by the HEA.


Moreover, as a process, accreditation reflects that in achieving recognition by the Authority, the institution or programme is committed to self-study and external review by one’s peers in seeking not only to meet standards but to continuously seek ways in which to enhance the quality of higher education provided.



A Learning Programme is a course of learning and/or research, leading to a qualification, upon successful completion of a process of assessment and certification.


  • Aims of Learning Programme Accreditation


The specific aims of programme accreditation are to:


  • Set and safeguard the quality of academic programmes offered by higher education institutions;
  • Grant recognition status by means of “Accreditation” to learning programmes that meet the requirements of Zambia Qualification Authority;
  • Ensure continuous improvement of the quality of standards of programmes;
  • Give the public independent accountable information on the quality of programmes of higher education institutions; and
  • Develop further the development of institution arrangement for ensuring and enhancing quality of programmes of higher education institutions.


  • Accreditation Criteria and Components


The Accreditation of Learning Programmes is based on the Assessment against the following Criteria:






1.    Aims and Objectives


1.1  The Higher Education Institution (HEI) has aims and objectives of the learning programme in relation to national or regional human re­sources development objectives.







2.    Curriculum


2.1  Intended Learning Outcome of the Curriculum are clearly de­fined.

2.2  The HEI shows the responsiveness of the Curriculum to the demands of the labour market.





3.    Assessment


3.1  The HEI has clearly defined Assessment Methods.

3.2  The HEI has a policy and arrangements for Moderation, validity and Security of Examinations.






4.    Staff


4.1  The HEI has adequately qualified and experienced staff for the proposed Learning Programmes.

4.2  The HEI has sufficient numbers of, and adequate balance between, Full-Time and Part-Time Staff.0200




5.    Facilities for Teaching and Learning Support


5.1  The HEI has Physical Facilities needed to deliver the Learning Programme.

5.2  The HEI has academic support services for the enhancement of Teaching and Learning.




6.    Internal Quality Assurance


6.1  The HEI has a Policy on Quality Assur­ance.

6.2  The HEI has Institutional management arrangements for Internal Quality Assurance.




7.    Financial Resources


7.1  The HEI has strategies and plans for re­source allocation to Learning Programmes.

7.2  The HEI has available financial resources to support the Learning Programmes.



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