Publications Related to the Accreditation Process

ATHEA is the membership-based association, the Association for Transnational Higher Education Accreditation. Within ATHEA, the THEA Board of Commissioners conducts the accreditation-related activities for the association. THEA (Transnational Higher Education Accreditation) is the service provided by ATHEA, which is accreditation of higher education colleges and universities.

The Scope of Accreditation is to provide educational, accrediting, quality assurance and other services to its member institutions, degree/diploma granting post-secondary educational institutions offering higher education and located inside or outside the European area, including, but not limited to, the countries who are signatories of the Bologna Protocols.

The purpose of these documents is to describe the THEA accreditation process for conducting accreditation. The Accreditation Process Manual provides the basis for evaluating institutions relative to determining accreditation.

The following documents support the application of the Accreditation Process Manual:

  1. Statement of Accreditation Philosophy
  2. THEA Standards and Expectations for Accreditation
  3. THEA Candidacy Application
  4. THEA Self-Evaluation Manual
  5. How to Become a Peer Evaluator
  6. Conducting and Hosting an Evaluation Visit
  7. Student Guide to an Evaluation Visit
  8. Site Visit Checklist
  9. THEA Board of Commissioners Manual
  10. Annual Report – Member
  11. Annual Report – Candidate Member
  12. Annual Report – Accredited Member
  13. Site Evaluator’s Report
  14. Handbook for Accreditation Reviews
  15. Handbook for Reviews of Annual Reports


Accreditation at a Glance
Posted is the Accreditation at a Glance document, which provides an overview of the THEA Standards and Expectations
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ATHEA Scope of Operations
The ATHEA Scope of Operations defines ATHEA's primary activities.
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THEA Accreditation Process Manual
This document describes the accreditation process for THEA.
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THEA Board of Commissioners Policy and Procedures Manual - October 2016
This document describes the policies and procedures of the THEA Board of Commissioners.
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