National Commission for Academic Assessment and Accreditation
The National Center for Assessment and Academic Accreditation granted King Khalid University the accreditation certificate which is awarded to institutions that achieve an advanced level of preferred practices within the quality standards and academic accreditation of the Center.
His Excellency, Dr. Khalid bin Abdullah Al Sabti, the Chairman of the Education Assessment Board, said that the leadership of the country has given high priority to the assessment, measurement, and accreditation in education and training in recognition of the importance of quality education and its keenness on the existence of a review, governance, and assessment of its educational institutions. His Excellency stressed that the efficiency of both education and training is one of the great points of Vision 2030. His Excellency asserted that the Commission will be one of the main bodies to ensure the achievement of world-class quality education and training due to the link between its core functions (assessment/measurement/accreditation) and academic development and quality throughout all stages of work (planning, implementation, and assessment).
Al Sabti: The efficiency of both education and training is one of the great points of Vision 2030.
He also explained the importance of the National Center for Academic Assessment and Accreditation which is affiliated with the Education Assessment Commission. He related that in this crucial historical stage we have witnessed a significant number of variables, foremost of which is the massive expansion in governmental university education. He explained the Commission's keenness to enable the Center to create a comprehensive review to quality and accreditation standards. Moreover, the Commission aims at developing a working model with the features of continuity and reasonable costs. The working model is expected to achieve the objectives of the Center and enhance its impact in our university institution. As a result, the quality of outputs in connection with the requirements of development in the Kingdom and the labor market, will benefit from a system of key performance indicators and data-driven measures that will be fully integrated with relevant governmental and organizational departments.
For his part, the Executive Director of the National Center for Assessment and Academic Accreditation, Dr. Ahmed bin Yahya Al-Jubaili, said that the accreditation process depends on verifying that the institutions/programs meet the requirements of the Center for academic accreditation in conjunction with the self-study report. Resultantly, the Center will be able to form teams of experts for the field review of these institutions/programs. National and foreign experts will review the self-study and relevant documents of the institution or program in question, in addition to paying field visits to all the institution's facilities and programs, interviewing all that may concern. The process ends with the preparation of a report supported by evidence about what was concluded during the assessments.
Later, the institution is going to initiate a work plan in which the institution will show to what extent it followed the reviewers' recommendations. Based on the reviewers' report and the submitted work plan and the report of the accreditation review committee, the institution or the program will have a decision on the obtainment of the academic accreditation certificate that determines the level and duration of the accreditation.
Dr. Al-Jubaili explained that the steps of assessment and academic accreditation are as follows:
- Check the eligibility of the institution/program to apply for accreditation.
- Check the self-study preparation.
- Field visit for external assessment.
- Study the work plan of the institution/program for the recommendations of the external visit team.
- Presentation of reports to the Advisory Accreditation Committee.
- Declaration of accreditation.
- Periodic follow-up of the accredited body.
- Conducting assessment after seven years.
In conclusion, His Excellency Dr. Al-Sabti and Dr. Al-Jubaili congratulated the Rector of King Khalid University, Prof. Dr. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy and all employees of KKU on achieving accreditation. They hoped that the rest of the universities and scientific programs would follow the footprints of King Khalid University to achieve academic accreditation. This will affect the quality of educational outputs, in addition to providing the labor market with highly-skilled graduates with a world-class education in line with Vision 2030.