Higher education accreditation from a respected accrediting body spotlights the quality, credibility and effectiveness of an institution’s programs, increasing that institution’s visibility to prospective students and colleagues through collaborative and trusted networks. Whether though the six institutional U.S. accreditors or the many programmatic accrediting agencies, accreditation builds networks, improves strategies, and affirms best practices that students and colleagues rely on to maintain quality programs.
At Gateway, we understand that exploring and preparing for U.S. accreditation can be a daunting task. We understand the risks and rewards of pursuing a U.S. accreditation process, from early considerations to the successful award of accreditation. Through our consultation services grounded in innovative approaches to accreditation and the assessment of institutional success, Gateway provides professional guidance and assistance to international institutions with exploring the complex nature of pursuing U.S. accreditation.
Each institutional accrediting body follows similar collaborative processes and maintains equivalent standards of institutional quality and effectiveness. Differences between the agencies are primarily reflected in the geographical profile of the colleges and universities accredited under the agency.
There are also many professional accrediting agencies that accredit subject-area programs. A few of the largest examples include:
An institution of higher education begins its accreditation by enrolling to be one of an accrediting body’s participating institutions.
4. Accreditation Decision
5. Compliance/Improvement Plan
6. Anual Reporting
OPTION A: Consultation and Support Services
As needed, Gateway can provide a confidential consultation to explore your institution’s interest in seeking U.S. accreditation and offer advice and recommendations toward accreditation based on current best practices in assessment, institutional effectiveness strategies, and resource needs. We can also offer guidance in choosing the most appropriate accrediting bodies for your institution and discussions/workshops with stakeholders concerning accreditation processes.
Gateway has developed an Accreditation Readiness Checklist for international institutions seeking U.S. accreditation. Through this innovative assessment, Gateway can assist your institution with determining its preparedness to pursue international accreditation.
OPTION B: Accreditation Documentation and Process Support
Gateway can assist your institution with designing, building, launching and maintaining your accreditation. Gateway can provide your institution with support to inform and affirm all aspects of the accreditation process, from establishing an accreditation timeline and process, advising on materials generation and organization, reviewing self-study narratives, enhancing campus engagement and communication protocols, etc. While the institution must drive the process, Gateway can provide assistance and guidance throughout.
Gateway works with a diverse array of institutions and organizations around the world. Our services are customized to our partner institutions’ needs and budgets. Gateway’s accreditation services are customized to institutions located outside of the United States who are or are planning to explore U.S.-based institutional or programmatic accreditation. We are here to help.
Gateway’s services should not be perceived as legal counsel, but rather as an advisory function to help your institution align with best practices with securing international accreditation. Gateway is well-equipped to provide trusted guidance, but ultimately our partner institutions determines whether to implement any recommendations provided by Gateway.
We understand that effective partnerships are borne out of close collaboration and mutual respect. We take the time to understand your priorities and concerns so that we can provide the best service possible. Our process generally includes these steps:
We will conduct an initial intake and needs assessment to discuss how best Gateway can support your needs.
Together, we will identify and assign primary liaisons to ensure effective and streamlined communication between Gateway and your institution.
We will negotiate a detailed services agreement in accordance with an agreed upon scope of services.
Gateway will seek an introduction and orientation to your institution’s current institutional systems, structures, and protocols vis-à-vis the scope of requested services.
For all contracted services, as appropriate, Gateway will prepare final written reports on services rendered and recommendations proposed.
Depending on the nature of the assignment, Gateway will conduct periodic review and assessment meetings to discuss provided services and make modifications as needed.
Gateway International, LLC is dedicated to the principles of diversity and inclusion and is committed to increase diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in the international higher education space. Gateway strongly supports all activities related to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity. Gateway’s International Regulatory Compliance Solution will include recommendations if warranted to assist an institution with reviewing their global operations through the principles of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion.
Gateway International Group has made the commitment to allocate 5% of revenue to support traditionally underrepresented student participation in international learning and engagement. We have designated the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) as a recipient of funds gathered through Gateway’s Virtual Education Abroad Office. FEA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented in U.S. education abroad.
Dr. Sandra Crenshaw is the Associate Provost and Accreditation Liaison Officer for Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. As a scholar-practitioner in international higher education for the past 30 years, Crenshaw has gained executive and management experience in strategic planning and accreditation; curriculum development and effectiveness assessment, and building leadership capacity in nonprofit and higher education environments.
Crenshaw has been instrumental in developing initiatives with organizations such as the Peace Corps and Global Brigades in Central America and Africa, has taught intercultural engagement courses at universities in China, and has extensive experience developing and teaching students in online, international, and COIL classrooms. Her previous experiences have taken her to Mumbai to guide the development of the Global Pathways Institute, to China to teach students intending to study in the US, and to several countries in the Caribbean and Europe for accreditation initiatives.
Crenshaw’s current work includes strategic planning, accreditation and institutional effectiveness, and program/curriculum development.
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An experienced global researcher and administrator, Mark Beirn brings a critical approach to risk management, factoring structural racism and identity-based violence into his rubric for supporting equitable global mobility.
– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development
Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.
Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.
At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.
Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.
– Education Abroad
– International education leadership development
– Intercultural education and engagement
– International partnerships and linkages
Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.
Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.
Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.
– Student services
– Education abroad programming
– Institutional partnerships
– Education and training