Important issues while looking for a PhD degree Program
(through ONLINE Support and through an ONLINE Provider like GradXs)
The PhD by Research Degree: This is a Regular Guided Research Program that does not require campus attendance and therefore cannot be categorized as an ONLINE or Distance Program even through the entire Program can be completed from your place of residence with active student support provided by GRADXS India through ONLINE.
The PhD by Course Work & Research: Under this option where Course work is a theoretical part with 6 such modules , either you can complete the program at GradXs Partner University Campus under a compact program or can complete through Online and also be assessed online at www.gradxs.com and written assignments. The Research part under this option is same as that is under PhD by Research option.
What is Accreditation?
One of the very first steps any prospective online student should take before enrolling is to verify whether or not the awarding university is accredited. And most importantly, you need to ask: Is it accredited by a recognized and legitimate accrediting agency? Simply put, the accreditation is a process of ensuring that an academic institution and the degree programs they offer meet the strictest educational standards set by accrediting agencies.
Why is Accreditation Important?
The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.
A Ph.D. is the highest educational degree you can earn, it is crucial that you enroll at a credible provider where the awarding institution is officially accredited and their degrees are recognized. To best way to ascertain the status of your university is through accreditation. The seal of accreditation is a recognition that the institution has pledged to maintain the standards of education for their students and graduates. An institution which is unaccredited or accredited by un-regulated or fake accrediting agencies are called fake institutions and their degrees have no value. Therefore accreditation must have been earned from formal accreditation agencies that have government approval and recognition.
Functions of Accreditation
- Verify that an institution or program meets established standards.
- Assist prospective students in identifying acceptable institutions.
- Assist institutions in determining the acceptability of transfer credits.
- Help to identify institutions and programs for the investment of public and private funds.
- Protect an institution against harmful internal and external pressure.
- Set goals for self-improvement of weaker programs and consciously raise educational standards.
- Involve the faculty and staff comprehensively in educational evaluation and planning.
- Establish criteria for professional certification and licensure and for upgrading courses offering such preparation.
- Provide one of several considerations used as a basis for determining eligibility for Federal assistance.
Knowing that you received your PhD Degree from a fully accredited institution like LIUTEBM or IICUT is a sure way to jumpstart your career.
Accrediting Agencies also called the accreditors, are independent organizations that set the standards of operation in educational institutions. These accreditors cover regional or national levels to develop evaluation criteria that encompass all degree programs, especially in distance learning institutions. The Higher Education Authority Zambia or the Ministry of Youth, Education & Sport m Cambodia have their highest level of standards and procedures to award accreditations to the institutions like LIUTEBM University, Zambia and IIC University of Technology, Cambodia.
Primary Accrediting Activities:
Standards: The agency, in collaboration with educational institutions, establishes standards.
Self-study: The institution or program seeking accreditation prepares an in-depth self-evaluation report measuring its performance against the standards established by the accreditor.
On-site evaluation: A team of peers selected by the accreditor reviews the institution or program on-site to determine first-hand if the applicant meets the established standards.
Decision and publication: Upon satisfying the set standards, the accreditor grants accreditation or pre-accreditation status and lists the institution or program in an official publication with other similarly accredited or pre-accredited institutions or programs. The procedures note that “only public and private non-profit institutions can qualify to award federal student aid based on pre-accreditation.
Monitoring: To verify that the institution or program continues to meet the accreditor’s standards, the accreditor monitors it throughout the period of accreditation.
Reevaluation: The agency periodically reevaluates each institution or program to determine continuation of its accredited or pre-accredited status.
The extent of the evaluation is revealed to the public by way of an announcement. When academic institutions meet the strict criteria imposed by accrediting agencies, they earn the “accredited status.”
Knowledge of the accreditation process equips students in assessing their school of choice. This is to avoid falling into the trap of fake universities that are focussed on profiteering & have nothing to do with academic quality and integrity. These schools are also called Diploma Mills. Legally the term `diploma mill’ means an entity that
(A) (i) offers, for a fee, degrees, diplomas, or certificates, that may be used to represent to the general public that the individual possessing such a degree, diploma, or certificate has completed a program of postsecondary education or training; and (ii) requires such individual to complete no education or coursework to obtain such degree, diploma, or certificate; and
(B) Lacks accreditation by an accrediting agency or association that is recognized as an accrediting agency or association of institutions of higher education, or (ii) a Federal agency, State government, or other recognized organization or association that recognizes accrediting agencies or associations.
Diploma mills, as the term suggests, hand out diplomas to any person who is able to pay. They operate without the recognition of the state or other reputable recognizing agencies. These diplomas they hand out are considered fraudulent and because they are not state recognized, they are practically worthless.
The University must have recognition from the ministry of education or the regulatory bodies under ministry of education of the home country, this is the primary requirement for any legitimate university empowered to award degrees.
Remember, accreditation is the main factor to consider when choosing your prospective school. It pays to know the important information and the rationale behind the process. Education is an investment; invest in no less than the best. It is your professional career and your future that are at stake, after all.
Always Check the listing with INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITIES , an International Recognized association of global recognized universities and is functioning under the UNESCO, United Nations Organization. There are universities who are MEMBER of the IAU and / or listed with the World Higher Education Database - WHED of the IAU. The IICUT , Cambodia is the Member of the IAU, Peris under the UNESCO and is also listed with the WHED. The LIUTEBM is listed with WHED, IAU, and is the Member of Association of Indian Universities - AIU.
Accredited Online Ph.D. Programs Offered by Universities
Students seeking online Ph.D. programs can find numerous fields of study available at accredited schools, including international education and occupational therapy programs, among many others. You'll need to consider the time constraints and flexibility the program offers to find the one that will best suit your lifestyle and align with your career goals or objectives. The GradXs India is one of the credible providers of PhD Program through their quality online services and it has partnered with two formally Accredited Universities namely LIUTEBM University , Zambia and the IIC University of Technology, Cambodia.
How to Choose an Accredited Online Ph.D. Program
Although Ph.D. programs are increasingly offered remotely, it's important to make sure that any selected universities are accredited. This ensures that the school is reputable and that the degree you earn will be widely accepted by employers. You'll complete most of your coursework over the Internet, but some online doctoral programs may also feature in-person components, such as on-campus sessions or internships. The GradXs facilitates on-campus sessions at their partner university campus to add more value to these fully accredited PhD programs.