Policies of the THEA Board of Commissioners

The THEA Board of Commissioners is the independent accreditation decision-making body of ATHEA and is elected by the organization’s membership in accordance with the ATHEA bylaws. The Commissioners review and evaluate requests for accreditation, and determine the accreditation status of all ATHEA institution members. The commissioners are responsible for maintaining and updating the THEA Accreditation Process Manual and associated documents.

THEA is the Transnational Higher Education Accreditation. ATHEA is the membership-based organisation. THEA is the actual accreditation. THEA is the principle service provided by ATHEA to its members. An institution joins ATHEA in order to be awarded THEA.

The processes, procedures, and specifics of THEA fall within the purview of the THEA Board of Commissioners, which organisationally is part of ATHEA with independence relative to matters of accreditation. The full name of the THEA Board of Commissioners is: Transnational Higher Education (THEA) Board of Commissioners for the Association for Transnational Higher Education Accreditation (ATHEA).

The THEA Board of Commissioners is organisationally subordinate to the ATHEA Board of Directors, but there is a degree of separation relative to Commission actions relative to accreditation. Such separation ensures unbiased accreditation actions. The shortened versions would be the THEA Board of Commissioners when referring to the organisational entity, and THEA Commissioners when referring to the persons on the Commission.

An Institutional Member is granted THEA Candidacy by the THEA Board of Commissioners and subsequently obtains THEA-Candidate. Thus, the ATHEA Institutional Member has obtained THEA-Candidate status.

A THEA-Candidate is awarded THEA by the THEA Board of Commissioners and subsequently becomes THEA-Accredited. Thus, the ATHEA Institutional Member has obtained THEA-Accredited Status

The terms grants/granted and awards/awarded are specific relative to candidacy and accredited.