MEMBERSHIP, ASSOCIATION AND ACCREDITATION

Logos University International, UniLogos was born to promote educational internationalization. We are a university focused on teaching quality and seeking to apply the production/publication model. We believe that science and professional development start from a continuous effort in research.

We have about 60 educational agreements with universities around the world, some of these agreements are made for direct collaboration, with course programs that are shared, this makes the debate and new educational quality techniques to be shared among higher education institutions . A simple example is how we can add together the educational models of European, English, American and Hispanic Universities. When we open our communication we employ an education free from academic vanities and we can deliver the best guidance to our students.

The first point to talk about accreditation is precisely this, the greatest of all accreditations occurs when Universities from different countries, accredited by different agencies and government bodies, recognize each other and start to establish partnerships to deliver the best education for the citizen . If one university recognizes the other, we have the recognition of teaching methods, their quality and the opening of a dialogue to expand the educational vision.

  • THE COMMITTEE ON THE CONVENTION ON THE RECOGNITION OF QUALIFICATIONS
    RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE EUROPEAN REGION (Eight Sessions – 28 June 2019, UNESCO House, Paris), brought a glossary to define the terms we use here, let’s see:

1. “ACADEMIC RECOGNITION refers to the recognition of courses, qualifications or diplomas from one (national or foreign) higher education institution by another. This is typically sought as a basis for accessing further studies at the second institution (cumulative recognition) or as recognition allowing for some sort of exemption from having to re-study elements of a program (advanced position recognition). Another type of academic recognition is recognition of studies carried out at another institution (recognition by replacement) that replace a comparable period of study at the home institution (see PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION).”

Academic recognition is that which is granted from one institution to another, which can also be understood as a franchise. The course programs are evaluated and receive specific guidance from a senior University, with greater experience and which has already gone through several accreditation processes.

2. “ACCREDITATION is the process by which an institution of higher education gains authority to award and/or gain recognition of its qualifications by another competent senior authority. This can be the state, a government agency or other national or foreign higher education institution (see FRANCHISE). The term has its origins in the American system and is used in some European countries in the same way as recognition.”

In this case, we have the issue of accreditation, which can be: Regional, professional, by program, Institutional, National or International.
Some governments or universities, admittedly more provincial, end up failing to understand or do not want to understand the accreditation processes and summarize these processes to a certain territory. This behavior boils down to an orthodox form of analysis that ends up mischaracterizing the difficult process that some universities face to prove the quality of their teaching and the competence of their professors. Accreditation is a mechanism that provides the University with greater independence, greater condition to break the boundaries of education and bring the application of Human Rights into its practice.

3. “CREDENTIAL ASSESSOR the individual who makes a judgment on the recognition of foreign qualifications (see COMPETENT RECOGNITION AUTHORITY).”

It is very common for students and universities to submit their degrees to credential evaluation agents, just to have a report on the validity or not of their degrees by a specialist agency that has no interest in the result. A very common vice occurs when a student consults an association or even a competing accreditor about the validity of the degree of a University accredited by another organization. the best way to value a given degree is to submit it to a credential assessor.

4. “DUAL / MULTIPLE DEGREE Two or more national degrees that are awarded by higher education institutions offering a joint program.”

In this case, we have the figure of the double degree, it can occur between two or more universities in the same country or in different countries. This process has evolved a lot, Universities that do not wish to have high expenses with new licenses make agreements for collaboration and recognition of degrees and issue diplomas signed by two rectors and or two presidents, mentioning the two universities. The one who holds the specific license legally guarantees the degree, and the partner University can administer and manage the course under the supervision of the other university. This is a very promising model because it is inclusive, it reduces investment, giving more access to people with less financial capital and it promotes, in a practical way, educational internationalization.

5. “FRANCHISE the situation in which an institution agrees to authorize another institution (national or international) to deliver an approved program, normally maintaining general control of the program content, conclusion, evaluation agreements and quality assurance. However, there are significant variations in franchise relationships.”

As in topic “4”, franchising is an extremely promising model, the University that holds the recognition of a certain program grants accreditation to another and starts to supervise the referred program. In this case, the University issues a document that defines the recognized degree or degrees (program or programs) and acts together with the University that is offering the course program. It is a very acceptable form of action and helps in the internationalization of education and the final cost of course programs.

6. RECOGNITION: a formal recognition by a competent authority of the value of a qualified foreign educational institution with a view to accessing school and/or work activities. An assessment of the individual’s qualifications. Such an assessment can be any kind of statement about the value (in this case) of a foreign qualification. Recognition refers to a formal statement by a competent recognition authority recognizing the value of the qualification in question and indicating the consequences of that recognition for the holder of the qualification. For example, a qualification may be recognized for the purpose of further study at a certain level (academic recognition), or for the use of a title, or for the exercise of employment purposes (professional recognition) (see COMPETENT RECOGNITION AUTHORITY, QUALIFICATION , ACADEMIC RECOGNITION and PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION). Recognition can also refer to the accreditation of an institution of higher education by another authority (see ACCREDITATION).

In this case, we have the figure of recognition in a broad view, that is, any authority, national or international, can grant recognition to an institution that it believes is faithful to educational quality and that corresponds to its parameters.
A very simple example is the Universities in South America that receive accreditation by North American accreditors. Such institutions are not in the North American territory, yet they receive the recognition of an agency of that country. This shows, and proves, that American Education has a vision of internationalization, just as an American agency can accredit a University in a foreign country, a foreign agency can accredit an American university. This is part of the legal reciprocity in recognition and accreditation.

Note: The issues raised above, with the exception of our comments, are fully endorsed by UNESCO. This is the way in which education is applied and the way in which higher-level educational reciprocity is moved between countries.
After exploring this whole issue, we will move on to the issue of License (licensing) in the State of Hawaii.
The State of Hawaii is one of the states that comes closest to the American principle of freedom, so they do not regulate the licensing process.
An important question to be raised is whether an international accreditation could be carried out by agencies in other countries in relation to North American Universities.
Of course, it is fully acceptable, after all, North American accreditors do accreditation from universities in other countries, and by reciprocity it occurs with North American universities that do not wish to do the accreditation, or experience the accreditation policy of North American regional accreditation agencies. An old legal adage already said: “No one is obliged to do or not to do something except by virtue of the law” (principle of legality). Therefore, universities that operate with international accreditation are legal and reputable, as are universities with regional accreditation.
As a way of approaching and internationalizing the search for QG (Quality Assurance), CHEA – American Council of Higher Education and Accreditation created an internal body called CIQG – International Quality Group.

An important fact should be noted that the American education system is formulated based on independence and the right to choose, it is not mandatory, as some Universities belong to USDE and do not belong to CHEA, others belong to CHEA and do not belong the USDE. This can be seen here:
https://www.chea.org/chea-and-usde-recognized-accrediting-organizations 

The following text is described on the website:

“Part I of this chart lists regional, national faith-related, national career, and programmatic accreditors that are or have been recognized by the Accrediting Council for Higher Education (CHEA) or the US Department of Education (USDE) or both. The organizations identified by (•) are recognized; (-) indicates those not recognized. An asterisk (*) identifies accredited organizations that were previously recognized and are not currently recognized. (†) As of July 1, 2017, the Accreditation Council for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has assumed responsibility for carrying out the mission and vision of the Council for Rehabilitation Education (CORE). All graduate programs that were previously accredited by CORE are now accredited by CACREP.”

 

In the text itself, CHEA states that organizations that have the symbol (-) are not recognized. But it takes some reasoning to understand what the term recognition is. In a country that uses the centralized model of educational supervision and regulation with its Ministries of Education, we understand that if a University is considered “not recognized”, it is not legal and cannot operate. However everything written on CHEA’s official website concerns CHEA’s vision, so the effectiveness of such opinions is inter-party and does not concern the whole set of legalities, in fact it is solely CHEA’s own attribution, in this case Organizations on that link are not recognized by CHEA, which does not mean that they cannot enjoy other recognitions besides CHEA. It should be noted that CHEA is a private, non-governmental association that works in a process of union of various organizations with a focus on increasing educational quality under certain principles.

International Organizations are bound by CHEA through CIQG, as CHEA does not operate outside North American territory.

The Educational University Independence Model Resists

The American model of education is still a model of independent education, parents can educate (literate) their children at home, just as a company or university can accept non-accredited degrees.

As an example, the Florida State Independent Education Commission places the following notice on its website:

Accreditation generally means that a college or school has been assessed by a group of educators and meets the accreditation agency’s standards. This process is VOLUNTEER for the university; It’s not mandatory”. However, accreditation is required for financial aid eligibility, recognition of degrees or credits by employers or other colleges, universities or schools, easy credit transfer, acceptance into another school, and other education-related opportunities.
Please be aware that some so-called “accrediting agencies” may not be recognized by the US Department of Education or may even be false! A current list of recognized “accrediting agencies” can be found on the US Department of Education website. Check with this office before sending money to any college, even if it claims to be accredited.”

Sometimes those who read this notice create an interpretation that agencies that are not listed on the American accrediting agencies roster would be illegal, or even false. The above Notice needs to be interpreted correctly, it refers to fake US agencies, not international agencies. The text above is intended for Florida citizens who are about to make their choice and does not refer to the accreditation process carried out in other agencies that are not naturally North American. It would be nonsense for a foreign accreditation agency to appear on the CIQG’s list and be in a state of irregularity, after all, there is no such thing as half-child, half-brother or legal half.

Returning to CHEA’s official website, we find the following text:

Because CHEA membership and USDE recognition depend on a number of factors, readers are strongly cautioned against making judgments about the quality of an accrediting organization and its institutions and programs based solely on CHEA or USDE status. Additional inquiry is essential. If you have questions about the CHEA or USDE recognition status of an accreditor, please contact the accrediting organization. (https://www.chea.org/chea-and-usde-recognized-accrediting-organizations)

 

CHEA itself cautions against making quality judgments about accreditation organizations that are not part of its accreditation system, ie CHEA understands that the educational quality relationship is not binding. The USDE, on the other hand, is an organization designed to deal with matters relating to educational funding, around 20% of American universities belong to the USDE, which does not make the other 80% illegal. We are of the opinion that the concept of American Universities is still the concept of independence and it is up to each of these universities to adhere or not to the North American accreditation system, or by their own choice to seek accreditation in international agencies.

About our legality

1. We have cooperation agreements with accredited Universities (CHEA and USDE) in the USA;
Such universities cannot act or recognize degrees from irregular universities, which is already proof of our legality.

2. We have commercial registration (state departments), tax registration (IRS) and are registered with state education agencies;
Such bodies issue an annual verification letter, if our course offering was irregular, such verification would be impeded.

3. Our accreditation is International, as well as more than 30 other North American universities. Such accreditation is a member of the International Quality Committee which is endorsed by CHEA;

4. We are a training center for GAFM®, an organization led by the Advisor on Education to the President of the United States of America, Dr. George Mentz. This organization is a partner and has the endorsement of ACBSP (regional accreditor listed in CHEA), in addition to being listed in the CIQG of CHEA;

5. We have a Certificate of equivalence of degrees by CUFCE, a member institution of ED.GOV, a legal organization recognized by NCES, ICAE, UNESCO and PE;

6. We have dual degree programs with respected Universities in Europe and ASIA;

 

7. We are Affiliated and Accredited by City University and Sastra Agnkor University (see item 4 and 5 – Double degree and Franchise);

8. We have diplomas recognized in several countries by official education bodies;

9. We have the .edu.eu domain, restricted to Universities with respected accreditation;

10. We have a dual degree program with the International European University based in Paris, France. This partnership is the result of our regularity, conferred by accreditation (Accreditation is the endorsement for valid credits)

11. We are an associate member of INQAAHE, the network of Higher Education Quality Assurance Agencies, an advisory body to UNESCO and which brings together the NARIK system as a member;

12. We have a respected faculty, with extensive and recognized training;

13. We are members (partners) of the Olympus Intellectual Center. Educational Group based in Athens, Greece, which brings together the 1,000 largest Universities in the world;

14. We have a letter of exemption for religious degrees in Florida and Louisiana (recognized University), deductible and certificate of equivalence for secular degrees, and now we are in a state that does not require a license for secular degrees, we are authorized for such degrees by force of state law;

15. We have commercial registration in France, where Higher Education is free, confirm: Loi relative à la liberté de l’enseignement supérieur du 12 juillet 1875. SIREN nº 892183682 – Enseignement supérieur (8542Z)

OUR ACCREDITATION

LOGOS UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL – UNILOGOS® is accredited by Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC). The University has earned Premier status with ASIC for its commendable areas of operation. ASIC accreditation helps students and parents make a more informed choice and will also help a school, college, university, training provider or distance education provider, demonstrate to the international student body that they are a high quality institution.

 ASIC is recognised by UKVI in UK, is a member of the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) in USA and is listed in their International Directory, is a member of the BQF (British Quality Foundation) and are institutional members of EDEN (European Distance and E-Learning Network).”

Studying with us is your choice, but it is important that you have all the information about the advantages of an accredited program, but it is also important that you know that our work is serious and that we aim to deliver quality intellectual capital. Please read our notice below as a way to comply with the law and respect the authorities.

HAWAII STATE In accordance with Hawaii law HRS446E, universities not yet accredited in the US must publish the following disclaimer regarding their accreditation, even when highly recognized accreditation is obtained abroad. LOGOS UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL, UNILOGOS respects the Consumer Protection Office of the State of Hawaii in its attempt to protect the public and our potential students and therefore UNILOGOS must continue to publish the disclaimer now, even with the accreditation of the ASIC Premier University that we have and our presence in other American States, as well as the time of existence and stability in Brazil and France. Even though we have Accreditation from other Regular Universities in its origin and we have the condition to deliver legal Diplomas (Degrees) which can be certified by equivalence in the United States.

LOGOS UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL, UNILOGOS IS NOT ACCREDITED BY A RECOGNITION AGENCY RECOGNIZED BY THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF EDUCATION. Note: In the United States, many licensing authorities require accredited degrees as the basis for licensing eligibility. In some cases, accredited colleges may not accept transfer courses and degrees completed at non-accredited colleges, and some employers may require an accredited degree as the basis for employment eligibility. Before beginning any program of higher education or training studies, UniLogos advises interested candidates to consult with licensing authorities, professional associations, colleges and universities, and prospective employers to clearly determine whether the desired degree program will meet their requirements. professionals.

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