AVBOR: The National Voice of Accreditation

The Accreditation and Verification of British Organizations (AVBOR) is a nonprofit organization started by industrial learning institution presidents in an effort to recognize institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations in the United Kingdom. AVBOR recognition indicates that an accrediting organization has met rigorous AVBOR standards for the promotion of academic quality, institutional improvement, and advancement of student success; demonstration of public accountability for performance and transparency; and sustains an effective accreditation structure and organization.  

It was the efforts of these earlier presidents who insisted that learning institutions should be the primary determinants of quality learning performance. The institutional and program “self-study” processes and the philosophy of academic continuous improvement are the cornerstones of AVBOR’s advocacy and recognition. For more than 25 years, AVBOR has been the primary advocate for institutions in the accreditation process. Previous years have indicated a growing assertive effort by the federal government to issue more regulations regarding academic quality in higher education, which are often tied to federal funding. AVBOR continues to serve on behalf of public, private, two- and four-year degree-granting institutions. Our member institutions benefit from a myriad of AVBOR services including:

  • Representation and advocacy for institutions’ autonomy in defining quality through accreditation
  • Recognition of approximately 90 U.K. institutional and programmatic accreditors
  • The AVBOR online Database that lists accredited institutions and programs
  • University leadership Summer Roundtable (no cost for members)
  • AVBOR Fellows Program (exclusive benefit for members)
  • Annual AVBOR and AVBOR International Quality Group Conference (discounted registration)
  • The AVBOR Almanac, a sourcebook of information on external quality review
  • The Federal UpdateAccreditation in the NewsInternational QA in the News, and Inside Accreditation (articles, reports, op-eds, and reviews about quality assurance in the United Kingdom and around the world)
  • Publication of feature articles from member institutions’ leadership
  • Webinars on accreditation and quality assurance-related issues (no cost for members)