CHE Accreditation and the Educor Problem

CHE accreditation is in the news as a result of epic Educor failure. Now is the time to take over where Damelin, CityVarsity, ICESA and Lyceum dominated. Contact Leonie!

Is CHE Accreditation Important for Excellence in Education?

The quality assuring body for CHE accreditation is the Higher Education Quality Council, or The HEQC.

Why CHE Accreditation?

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CHE accreditation in South Africa ensures universities and colleges meet quality standards.

It evaluates programs, facilities, and teaching to ensure students get a good higher education.

This helps employers trust graduates and ensures South Africa’s education stays top-notch.

CHE Accreditation Monitoring is a Continuous Process

Many organisations invest in hiring an accreditation consultant to compile, complete, submit and then correct their CHE accreditation documentation when they first apply for accreditation.

This gives birth to a series of issues for Quality Councils and the education institutions.

The CHE accreditation process should be treated as a learning curve, not an onerous obligation.

It’s better for consultants to teach organisations to operate as accredited entities and not merely tie up administrative loose ends.

All Quality Councils, including the HEQC institute pretty mild monitoring and evaluation follow up procedures.

For example, site visits can be inconsistent across the quality councils.

Although post-accreditation of institutions such as Damelin occurs, it is not as robust as the legislation intended.

And as we see with the Educor case, their de-registration of multiple campuses has been dragging on unresolved for years.

The Blame Game for CHE Accreditation

It messes with your business reputation when you appear in the media for being unwilling and uncooperative in terms of compliancy.

In Recent News Damelin, CityVarsity, ICESA City Campus and Lyceum Colleges Deregistered

Are these examples of education institutions who stopped placing learners at the heart of their business?

Although the Department of Higher Education and Training issued a notice of intent to cancel Damelin, CityVarsity and Lyceum Colleges on 28 July 2023, this problem brewed around 2 years before that.

As reported 26 March 2024. the department has now cancelled them and the SA Students Union says it’s a good thing.

Students are being reported as being in a limbo, yet should they have invested, given the previous warnings?

Failure to Run Trustworthy Compliant Financial Operations: Money Questions

The reason for de-registration is an indictment on brand leadership.

The group failed to provide annual reports and financial certificates to show they are operating within the legal parameters.

Students invest in these higher education institutions under the impression that their efforts will be rewarded.

Institutions are then required to use their payments in order to deliver excellent services.

Therefore when institutions do not deliver according to the market value they claim, the relationship with students becomes hostile and litigious.

While students and parents should have been aware of the leadership irregularities, did they continue to pay fees while reviewing the institution status and their relationship with it?

The Educor colleges such as Damelin and VarsityCollege built market trust even if they stopped deserving it.

Did the investment continue to appear rational even though EDUCOR was under threat of closure?

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SA Students Union say Educor Deregistration is Good

Asive says EDUCOR should not be registered as their business leadership and management is basically eroded beyond repair.

The SA Students Union paints a very damning picture of grand scale institutional negligence within the EDUCOR group.

I’ve met amazing staff at EDUCOR, but sadly they seem to have left. (Shout out to Noeleen!)

This state of affairs is very saddening.

Did EDUCOR grow too fast and focus on wealth gains as opposed to redistribution and delivery?

Did they become shareholder obsessed as opposed to a focus on education excellence?

What can Students Do?

Watch this video.

Listen to amazing Asive explain the situation

Opportunity for Existing and New Higher Education Institutions to Take Educor’s Place

For those who are competitive, make a grab for Educor’s market by registering similar but better offerings.

Since their qualifications won’t be delivered, move into their spaces.

For example, prioritise programmes where they held market domination.

Transfer Educor Students to Your Programmes

Offer Educor learners an alternative.

Aggressively target them on social media now.

Align your programmes to the relevant Educor subsets and let those learners know you recognise their credits and will seamlessly transfer them.

This credit transfer allows learners to complete their studies without being exploited.

Can Damelin Sort Their Problems Out?

The answer is always yes, remediation or corrective actions are considered worthwhile by all regulatory bodies.

Not only because of developmental policy, but also because learners have a right to be protected and not be disadvantaged as a result of education value chain failure.

Educor’s concern for learners and business sustainability should encourage them to expedite the situation.

If they do nothing, then the market failure will inevitably lead to some sort of retribution.

The market can’t allow negligent organisations to position themselves as trustworthy when they don’t deliver.

The public expects the relevant authorities to take definitive action to protect their interests, which is for fair market actions to prevail.

Our legislation regards unfair conduct as an opportunity for litigation. As a result, all stakeholders should be assessing the situation from their perspective.

Accreditation and Financial Viability

Accreditation processes don’t labour financial aspects. If you have the fees to pay for the process, then you can participate regardless of financial weaknesses.

For example, I’ve found that there are SETA accreditation applicants that don’t have a positive bank balance.

You can run a business at a total loss and still become SETA accredited. Even in the accounting space, there are financial services training providers that don’t pay their bills!

So how can they train in financial management?

I know they exist because I briefly worked fo one of them and didn’t get paid!

Can Broke Organisations Get Accredited?

So I wondered, how much do regulatory bodies scrutinise finances and financial processes?

The answer is that authorities don’t possess the skills or time.

They do a simple tick off on the basis that because you posses an annual report policy, you will produce the annual report.

Furthermore, it’s more about showing that you have a bank account, rather than having money in it.

But I also believe that some of the accreditation leeway around finance is as a result of the inherently developmental nature of our guiding frameworks.

When it comes to education and economic engagement, access and inclusion is the equivalent of air and water.

I believe we will not survive corruption, crime and poverty without exponentially advancing the principles of inclusion and access.

So can someone with a negative bank balance start an accredited training business? The answer is yes.

But as you can see from the Damelin, CityVarsity, ICESA City Campus and Lyceum Colleges case, size and popularity does not always reward your trust.

There are smaller organisations that do amazing work, try them.

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What is Excellence in Higher Education?

Pursuit of excellence is one of the main goals of almost all HEIs.

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Now, when we talk about why excellence matters, think of it like this: colleges are like restaurants trying to earn a five-star rating.

Accreditors are the food critics checking everything from kitchen cleanliness to the taste of the food.

They want to make sure the college is doing a great job, so students get the best education possible.

How do we know if a college is excellent?

It’s like measuring how much you’ve grown since last year.

We look at all the things the institution is doing, like having enough books in the library and having great facilitators.

But we also look at what happens because of that, like how many students go on to do awesome things after they graduate.

So, when we talk about excellence in higher education, we’re basically asking: Is this place really good at what it does, and are the students coming out of it ready to take on the world?

Impact of Accreditation on Quality and Excellence of Higher Education Institutions

By Pradeep Kumar, Balvinder Shukla, Don Passey (2021)

This paper focuses on the outcomes of accreditation to enhance excellence in higher education institutions (HEIs).

The research unpacks the question, can accreditation really enhance the excellence of HEIs?

The purpose of accreditation is to improve academic quality and public accountability of HEIs.

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Educor’s missing financial reports reflect a lack of accountability to their stakeholders. CHE accreditation focuses on ensuring higher education institutions meet set quality standards in their programs and facilities.

It’s a formal process to ensure educational quality.

On the other hand, the concept of education excellence is broader.

It encompasses more than just meeting standards.

For example excellence is about striving for the highest levels of achievement and impact in teaching, research, and overall institutional performance.

So while CHE accreditation is about meeting minimum requirements, education excellence is about reaching for the highest levels of quality and distinction in all aspects of education.

What is CHE Accreditation?

CHE Accreditation for Higher Education Institutions

The Council on Higher Education (CHE) is a regulatory body in South Africa responsible for ensuring the quality of higher education institutions.

Accreditation by the CHE is a formal process through which universities and other higher education providers are evaluated to ensure they meet specific quality standards set by the council.

Purpose of CHE Accreditation for Higher Education

The primary purpose of CHE accreditation is to uphold and enhance the quality of higher education in South Africa.

By accrediting institutions and their programs, the CHE aims to ensure that students receive a high-quality education that meets national and international standards.

Accreditation also serves to instill public confidence in the qualifications awarded by accredited institutions.

Process of CHE Accreditation for HEIs

  1. Application: Institutions seeking accreditation submit an application to the CHE, providing detailed information about their programs, facilities, faculty, and resources.
  2. Evaluation: The CHE conducts a thorough evaluation of the institution based on predetermined criteria, which may include teaching quality, research output, student support services, infrastructure, governance, and financial sustainability.
  3. Site Visit: In many cases, the CHE conducts on-site visits to verify the information provided in the application and assess the institution’s facilities and operations firsthand.
  4. Assessment: The CHE assesses the institution’s compliance with accreditation standards and identifies areas for improvement, if necessary.
  5. Decision: Based on the evaluation findings, the CHE makes a decision regarding accreditation. Institutions may receive full accreditation, conditional accreditation (with specified conditions to be met within a certain timeframe), or accreditation denial.

Benefits of CHE Accreditation

Quality Assurance:

Accreditation ensures that institutions maintain high standards of quality in their educational offerings and services.

Recognition: Accredited institutions and programs are recognized nationally and internationally, enhancing the value of their qualifications and degrees.

  • Continuous Improvement: The accreditation process encourages institutions to engage in continuous self-assessment and improvement to meet evolving educational needs and standards.
  • Student Confidence: Accreditation instills confidence in students and prospective employers that graduates have received a quality education that aligns with established standards.
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Expert Support to Apply for CHE Accreditation

CHE accreditation plays a crucial role in maintaining and enhancing the quality of higher education in South Africa.

Through rigorous evaluation and adherence to standards, accredited institutions contribute to the development of a skilled workforce and the advancement of society as a whole.

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Why Choose 7Sundays for CHE Accreditation?

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We understand the intricate legislative frameworks and economic dynamics impacting HEIs.

This allows us to navigate the accreditation process with precision.

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Our consulting services align accreditation efforts with your institution’s goals and aspirations.

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Beyond meeting minimum standards, we empower you to pursue excellence.

Our strategic guidance enhances institutional capacity, fosters innovation, and drives sustainable growth in a competitive environment.

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Your success is our priority.

We work hand-in-hand with your team, leveraging our expertise to develop tailored solutions that amplify your institution’s unique strengths and address its specific challenges.

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CHE Accreditation Benefits You’ll Experience:

βœ… CHE Accreditation Leads to Enhanced Reputation:

Accreditation isn’t just a badge – it’s a testament to your commitment to quality.

Gain recognition and credibility among stakeholders, students, and peers as a leading institution of higher learning.

βœ… CHE Accreditation Competitive Advantage:

In today’s evolving educational landscape, staying ahead is imperative.

Accreditation opens doors to funding opportunities, partnerships, and international collaborations, giving you a competitive edge.

βœ… Empowered Vision:

Realize your institution’s full potential.

With our guidance, you’ll not only meet accreditation standards but exceed them, positioning your HEI as a beacon of excellence in South Africa and beyond.

Don’t just meet HEQC standards; set standards.

Elevate your institution to new heights of excellence with our comprehensive CHE Accreditation Consulting services.

Together, let’s shape the future of higher education in South Africa. Contact us today to embark on this transformative journey! πŸš€


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