As an Education Institution, you must be implementing various innovative teaching-learning approaches for better students learning outcomes. Commencing the journey to attain the best results, I am sure you must be wondering

“What is NAAC Accreditation?”

“What is the Role of NAAC Accreditation in Higher Education?”

You might have even seen how institutions with the best NAAC grades are considered to be the finest higher education institutions. We understand your goals and can help you improve your NAAC score and rankings

Well, let’s begin with the basics and understand the importance of NAAC step-by-step.

What is NAAC?

National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is an autonomous institution established by the University Grants Commission (UGC), under Section 12-ccc of the UGC Act of 1956, for assessing and accrediting higher education institutions (HEIs) of the country. It is registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act of 1960, Karnataka Societies Registration Rules of 1961, and is headquartered in Bangalore. The assessment process is carried out based on the performance evaluation of an institution or its units on certain established criteria.

National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in India holds enormous importance for Higher Education Industries. The NAAC grade helps the students to find a university based on teaching-learning, research, quality education, governance and management, infrastructural facilities, etc. Through NAAC rating, we can easily determine the university’s importance before taking admission.

NAAC certification is a measure to evaluate and then guarantee a standard of education provided in higher institutions across the nation. The University Grant Commission (UGC) has issued a decree stipulating that every university and faculty must get certification by the council called NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council).

NAAC accreditation focuses on improving the quality parameter of education.

Unlike the traditional educational system, NAAC aims to improve the overall development of students by helping them inculcate skills & knowledge via their education.

Institutions with NAAC accreditation fall under the category of institutions that offer “Quality Education” to students. Therefore, institutions that aim to maximize the student learning outcomes by ensuring the best practices must try to attain NAAC accreditation.

Benefits of NAAC Accreditation for Students and Higher Education Institutions

The role of NAAC Accreditation is to bring every institution to stand on the same ground to perform the best. Here are the top advantages of obtaining NAAC accreditation for higher education institutions & students.

  • NAAC helps the institutes in the allocation of resources and planning in the internal areas.
  • It helps the institutes to implement modern and innovative learning and teaching techniques to uplift the education standard.
  • The grading helps the college in SWOT analysis by identifying its Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threats with a standard evaluation technique.
  • It helps in promoting intra-organizational and inter-organizational communication.
  • It creates authenticity for the institute in the eyes of students.
  • It helps to enhance the collegiality on the campus.
  • The grades ensure that the college has fulfilled all the regulatory norms.
  • The continuing quality or giving Quality assurance of services of Colleges approved by UGC as well as all professional Colleges approved by AICTE, etc.
  • It is directly related to the career & employability of the graduates studying in the college and pursuing a specific program.
  • Helps the students to find out a university-based teaching-learning, research, quality education, governance and management, infrastructural facilities at UG/PG level.

How does implementing uLektz Connect help you to improve your NAAC rankings?

National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) conducts assessment and accreditation of Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) to evaluate the institutions for their conformance to the standards of quality based on 7 (seven) criteria. 

Implementing uLektz Connect helps institutions scoring higher grades on the following areas of NAAC’s Value Framework:

  • Fostering Global Competencies among Students: By facilitating students, alumni and industry connect.
  • Inculcating a Value System among Students: By facilitating peer education and social learning.
  • Promoting the Use of Technology: By providing a digital library of learning resources, online courses and facilitating ease of communication and collaboration.
  • Contributing to National Development: By facilitating your students and expert faculty to connect with students and faculty in the underprivileged sections of the society for inclusive and national development.

Criteria and Weights:

  • Infrastructure and Learning Resources: Digital Library of learning resources
  • Student Support and Progression: Alumni and Industry Connect, Online Skill Courses, Student Development Programmes (Workshops, Seminars, etc.), Internships and Jobs Support.
  • Institutional Values & Best Practices: Peer Education and Social Learning for Inclusive Development of Education, Skills and Careers.
  • MOOCs Platform: Offer online courses with certifications for enhancing academic performance and skills.
  • Events: Organise and conduct educational events such as conferences, seminars, symposiums, etc.
  • Career Development: Provide internships and job placements support for students.
  • eAnnouncements: Stay connected with your students and staff through Instant messaging and notifications

Frequently Asked Questions about NAAC

We have put together some of the most frequently asked questions from higher education institutions about NAAC Accreditation and rankings. 

Is Assessment and Accreditation by NAAC mandatory? 

The University Grants Commission (UGC) through a gazette notification dated 19th January 2013, has made it mandatory for Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) to undergo accreditation. 

What are the eligibility criteria for institutions to apply for Assessment and Accreditation (A&A) by NAAC?

 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) which have a record of at least two batches of students who graduated or have been in existence for six years, whichever is earlier, are eligible to apply for the process of Assessment and Accreditation (A&A) of NAAC. For more specific details the website may be referred to.

What are the aspects on which the assessment and accreditation of an institution is carried out? 

The NAAC has identified seven criteria that encompass the functioning of an institution. These criteria are disaggregated into Key Indicators (KIs) and further sub-divided into Qualitative and Quantitative Metrics.

What are the steps involved in the process of assessment and accreditation after the acceptance of the Self-study Report by NAAC?

NAAC checks the Self-Study Report through an online assessment mechanism/process. The Quantitative metrics in the SSR will be subjected to Data Validation and Verification. If the institution clears the Pre-qualifier score, of 25% the Student Satisfaction Survey will be administered and the Peer Team Visit conducted. If there are any discrepancies/factual errors then a Deviation Report is sent to the institution seeking further clarifications. The institution should edit the information and respond to NAAC within 7 days. Subsequently, NAAC will recheck the submitted data and depending on the extent of deviation will inform the institution of any of the following: • Dates of the Peer Team Visit. • Deferring of the Peer Team Visit. • Debarring the institution from having a Peer Team Visit. 

How will the Student Satisfaction Survey (SSS) be conducted? 

After the Data Validation and Verification process, the NAAC will send online questionnaires to randomly selected students. The students will have to complete the survey and submit the same to NAAC online. The results of the Student Satisfaction Survey (SSS) will form a component of the overall grading of the institutions

What are the salient features of the Outcome of the Accreditation process? 

The institution will be informed of the Overall Grade, CGPA and Suggestions for Quality Enhancement of the institution.

What is the meaning of the ‘Grade’ given to an institution?

 The ‘grade’ given to an institution is the outcome of the assessment process. It is not an absolute measure of quality and only a relative indication for the institutions to know where they stand in a quality continuum.

How will the NAAC arrive at the institutional score? 

The institutional score will be the cumulation of the scores on the Quantitative Metrics, Qualitative Metrics and Student Satisfaction Survey. 

Can the institution make public the report on its accreditation status? 

Yes. Once the final decision is given, the institution may make public the report on its accredited status. The public disclosure should reflect the spirit of the entire report and the outcome should not be distorted in any communication/documentation. 

Will NAAC make public disclosure of the accreditation status of the institution?

 Yes. NAAC will make public disclosure of the grade through its website. The information will also on request be made available to the Government, UGC and any other agencies. 

How long is the accreditation valid?

 The accreditation given by NAAC is usually valid for five years from the date of approval by the Executive Committee (EC) of NAAC. Institutions which have secured the highest grade consecutively in the previous two cycles of accreditation and continue to do so in the 3rd cycle will be eligible for an extension of validity from 5 years to 7 years. 

Is there a provision for an accredited institution, to improve its grade within the validity period (Re-assessment)?

 Institutions, which would like to improve in the accredited status, may volunteer for re-assessment, after a minimum of one year or before three years of accreditation. The current procedures and methodology including the manual for the Assessment and Accreditation are applicable for all institutions applying for re-assessment. However, the institution shall make specific responses based on the recommendations made by the peer team in the previous assessment and accreditation report, as well as the specific quality improvements made by the institution in the intervening period. The fee structure and other procedures would be the same as that for initial Assessment and Accreditation with the exception that the Institutions that volunteer for reassessment will not be eligible for fee waiver and reimbursement of accreditation expenses. 

If there are any further clarifications, who should be contacted? 

uLektz has a team of experts who are experienced in conducting NAAC assessments for various higher education institutions across India. For further clarifications write to us at support@ulektzconnect.com

uLektz Connect can help you make all the above-complicated processes very simple. By implementing uLektz Connect, you can ensure that every student has an opportunity to succeed and stay aligned with the recommendations of NEP, UGC, AICTE, NAAC, etc. Thus, enabling success for your institution. Considering the challenges posed by COVID-19, we offer uLektz with your own institution-branded mobile app at a special price that is less than the cost of developing a college website.

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