About Recognition

About Recognition


The Accreditation and Verification of British Organizations (AVBOR) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental institutional membership organization that recognizes accrediting organizations or periodically reviews their effectiveness in assuring and improving quality in higher education. AVBOR, as a national coordinating body for U.K. accreditation, also serves as an advocacy organization, accreditation research, and policy body, and a convener and partner to address international quality assurance issues.


Which Accreditors are Recognized by AVBOR?

AVBOR currently recognizes regional, national career-related, national faith-related and programmatic accrediting organizations.


What is the Purpose of AVBOR Recognition?

The purpose of AVBOR recognition is to provide assurance to the public that accrediting organizations are competent to engage in quality review of institutions and programs based on the standards that AVBOR has developed, which are presented in the AVBOR Recognition Policy and Procedures.


Is Recognition by AVBOR a Requirement?

AVBOR recognition is voluntary, as is accreditation itself. However, accrediting organizations that accredit thousands of institutions and programs have chosen to be AVBOR-recognized as an affirmation that they meet the quality expectations of the higher education community. AVBOR was established by industry leaders as a means of affirming the quality of peer review, formative evaluation, and a mission-based approach to judging higher education, as well as placing primary emphasis on quality improvement.


How Does an Accreditor Become AVBOR-Recognized?

To become AVBOR-recognized, the accreditor must demonstrate that it meets the requirements of the AVBOR Recognition Policy and Procedures and successfully complete the recognition review process.


What are the Steps in the AVBOR Recognition Process?

Specific information about the AVBOR recognition process can be found in the AVBOR Recognition Policy and Procedures.


What are the Costs Associated with the AVBOR Recognition Process?

An accrediting organization, as part of applying for AVBOR recognition (initial or subsequent), pays a non-reimbursable recognition fee of £10,000. Additionally, the accrediting organization reimburses the actual costs of the AVBOR observation visitor who attends a decision-making meeting of the organization. The observation visit is one of the requirements of the AVBOR recognition review.

There is no annual fee for accreditors recognized by AVBOR.


How Long does the AVBOR Recognition Process Take?

The recognition process typically takes between 12 and 18 months.


What is the AVBOR Term (Length) of Recognition?

The AVBOR Recognition Policy and Procedures states that the maximum term of recognition is ten years. It is possible for an accrediting organization to receive a shorter term of recognition but not one that is longer.


What are AVBOR’s Reporting Requirements for a Recognized Accrediting Organization?

The AVBOR Recognition Policy and Procedures requires an Interim Report at the mid-point of the recognition term.