LEGITIMACY OF OPERATION
ECU@s Board of Governors and Trustees has sanction their Independent Assessor and Verifier, who is also part of the Trustees Board UK-Commission for Consistent Learning (UK-CCL) to be the International Administrative and Management of Operation. This task permits the UK-CCL fully authority over the entire operation of ECU internationally. This information has been informed to the Secretary of State of Delaware with the authentication number 3914155 can be verified. ECU’s incorporation is as a non-domicile private non-profit university with the power on their own right confer appropriate Professional Knowledge Degree Qualifications. The word university is derived from the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium, roughly meaning “community of teachers and scholars”. Awarding authority arrives from the Constitution of Memorandum of Article of the incorporation of the institutions and it various form universities to universities’ aim and objectives.
The ECU degree qualifications are Non-Traditional; Non- Class Room facilitated American – European Professional and Vocational Work Based Degree Qualifications. ECU’s qualifications are based upon the person’s Knowledge via Learning & Experience. The ECU qualifications are Practical and Worked Oriented hands on awards. To obtain an ECU Professional Knowledge Degree Qualification, there is no time frame, but depends on each applicant’s knowledge and experience. It is a flexible but quality bench marked qualification by UK-CCL Professional Quality Management Standards PQMS 5001:2005.
The University has adopted a range of quality assurance procedures designed to ensure that its practices meet high standards and that the University’s distinctive vision is sustained. To this effect ECU’s Executive Governor General Governing Body has given the full authority and responsibilities of Assessment, Examination and Verification to UK-Commission for Consistent Learning (UK-CCL).
UK-CCL operates to the International Standardization Organization (ISO) which is the only quality assurance system recognized by intergovernmental agreement between 148 different countries, and is based on the principles of stakeholder satisfaction and continual improvement through quality management systems. Many universities around the world have implemented the internationally recognized ISO 9001:2000 standard, and the ISO encourages institutions to adopt the standards in both self-certification and external audit processes. UK-CCL has this approval from the ISO with the Standard and Guideline of BS-EN-9001:2008 with certification number GB-14390.ECU awards are for life experience recognition and endorsement for hands on learning.
ACCREDITATION IS NOT THE CLARIFICATION-IT’s THE DILEMMA
The second millennium visionary of professional qualifications Prof. Ralph Thomas believes that accreditation is not the clarification, but it can be a dilemma for many people. It has to be understood that the university is legitimately incorporated with the aim and objectives in their memorandum of article, as its constitutional practice of Professional Quality Management Standards (PQMS) is very important. If you have the PQMS in place, the external accreditation is not important. The accreditation is to confirm the quality of the qualification. How to confirm the quality of the qualification relies upon the facilitation, assessment and verification methodology that a university adheres to. This is why the United States of America did not make the accreditation legally compulsory for Non-Campus and Non-Domicile Universities, which are incorporated in USA.
The reason why people seek to know the accreditation is to find out the professional quality of the qualifications that being offered. If the university’s governing board adhere & implemented Professional Quality Management Standards (PQMS) to all their awards as their Independent Assessor and Verifier UK-CCL and the ECU qualifications which earns the UK Professional Bodies acceptance to Highest Memberships. As the qualifications are conferred to Licensed Work Experienced Mature Individuals, the accreditation does not play any importance part as it is not a Traditional Academic qualifications.
The reason that ECU does not seek for accreditation due to the fact of the immense cost and unfortunately this cost has to be passed onto the applicants. One leading educational entrepreneur quotes that, the cost of regional accreditation in the United States is around 10 million dollars and takes approximately 10 years, with a fifty percent chance of approval.The costs and time that traditional accreditation bodies take in accrediting an institution does not resonate with this age of technology and information. ECU being Non-Campus professional education brings a world of ease and flexibility to working individuals around the globe. Everyone has to take into consideration some underlying facts about Non Campus Professional Work Based Education that gives the opportunity in uplifting to a professional image or career progress, as Non-Campus Universities do not have a traditional campus or classroom environment. You can learn from anywhere you want, using latest Information Technology facilities through Internet facilities which also enables conduct one to one assessment, examinations and verifications from any part of the world. This option has motivated a large number of working professionals and organizations to embrace non-traditional methods to improve their career prospects. Recently, for example, Wal-Mart announced online education worth 1.44 Million dollars for its employees. ECU’s accreditation comes from employers, business organisations and from the individuals who have completed their learning.