Accreditation Process

The Accreditation processes of the Global Accreditation Council are aimed at:

Accreditation Steps


Complete the Global Accreditation Council Impact Assessment. This assesses the extent to which your learning programs contribute to the GAC goals of a regenerative and equitable society and planet.


Complete the Global Accreditation Council Quality Assessment. This assessment uses the independent Online Learning Consortium quality scorecards. If you already have accreditation from a recognised accreditation body or you have just ended it within a month, then your GAC Quality Assessment is waived for one year.


If you successfully complete the assessments, you become a member of the GAC for a free trial period of 6 months. After that period you and the GAC decide if you are to continue with paid membership. Should you fall short on either or both of the assessments, you may review your offerings and processes and reapply when you are ready. There is no application fee.

Promoting deep institutional engagement...

...with issues regarding educational innovation, student learning and global problem solving as well as developing and sharing good practices in assessing and improving teaching and learning processes.

Encouraging the active interchange of ideas..

...among public, private and independent institutions that further the principles of improved institutional performance, educational effectiveness, and the process of collaborative creativity among the members.

Supporting academic innovations...

...designed to improve academic excellence in response to student needs in a rapidly changing world in which the regeneration of humanity and the larger ecosystem is the central priority. These innovations will include competency-based learning and certifications, the use of free online courses and related educational offerings, holistic personal development, gamification, virtual and simulated reality, and real-life missions to enhance learning.

Guaranteeing quality...

...for the educational community, employers, the general public, and other organizations and agencies, showing the accredited institution has demonstrated it meets the core commitments to institutional capacity and educational effectiveness, and has been successfully reviewed under Council standards. The GAC uses the widely recognized quality scorecards of the Online Learning Consortium to assess quality and encourage improvement for its members. If you currently have accreditation through an existing accreditation body, or have had within the last year, you do not need to complete the GAC quality assessment for the first year.

Nurturing within institutions a culture of innovation... keep pace with rapidly changing global challenges, technology and student needs, where indicators of performance are regularly updated and data is collected to inform institutional decision making, planning, and improvement.

Developing and applying standards... review and improve educational quality and institutional performance, validating these standards and revising them through ongoing research, feedback, and consensus.