Accreditation Service for International Colleges
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|Motto||Internationally renowned quality standard for schools, colleges and universities|
|Legal status||Non-profit organisation|
|Purpose||Assuring quality and standards for independent Colleges and Universities|
|UK and Global|
|HO, ENQA, CHEA, EDEN, NAFSA, BQF, UN|
Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC) is an educational accreditation agency recognised by the British Government's Home Office and approved by Ofsted, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. and member by National Academic Recognition Information Centre UK NARIC . It was established to improve the quality and safeguard standards for independent colleges and universities in UK and worldwide. ASIC has closed nearly 20 bogus registered colleges and universities in the UK.
ASIC registered on 3 January 2007, ASIC is a nonprofit independent accreditation agency based in the United Kingdom. It is one of the accreditation bodies since 2007 recognized by the United Kingdom Government the UK Border Agency, ASIC is one of seven government-approved accreditation bodies in UK permitting educational institutions with ASIC accreditation to sponsor Tier 4 immigrants to study in the UK.
- In 2009 the British Government awarded ASIC a role in the Government's attempt to shut down hundreds of bogus colleges/universities in UK.
- In 2013 the British Embassy Bangkok was supporting ASIC on university accreditation in Thailand 
- Today, ASIC is accrediting around 260 Colleges and Universities in UK and around 80 worldwide.
- National Academic Recognition Information Centre UK NARIC
- European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education ENQA
- European Distance and E-learning Network EDEN
- Council for Higher Education Accreditation CHEA International Quality Group
- NAFSA: Association of International Educators
- British Quality Foundation (BQF)
- United Nations Academy Impact group
- Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)
- Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (IoEE)
- GUIDE Association, Global Universities in Distance Education
- The Gulf Education Conference
ASIC adheres to the ISO 9001:2008 management system and they received ISO Certification in 2013. ASIC states that its accreditation of international educational establishments "neither confers nor validates degree-awarding powers" and cautions prospective students to confirm that the awards granted by the educational institution have the level of recognition sufficient for their purposes.
ASIC Accreditation Criteria
ASIC accredit against various criteria such as
- Examination and Assessments
- Teaching and learning quality
- Curriculum Development
- Health and Safety
- Governance and Management
- Institutional Quality Assurance
- Record Keeping and Administration
- Marketing Ethics
- Human Resource Management
- Student support
- Welfare and Staff and Student Feedback systems
- List of recognized higher education accreditation organizations
- Higher education accreditation
- Educational accreditation
- UK Home Office Guide
- UK Home Office, VAT9
- UK Border Agency Guide
- UKBorder Agency, VAT9
- Alderman, Geoffrey (12 March 2012). "Private colleges are being sacrificed to please the anti-immigrant body". The Guardian.
- Norfolk, Andrew (29 June 2009). "Man given job of closing bogus colleges was sacked by university". The Times. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
- ASIC International College Directory.
- Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC) website
- (CHEA) International Quality Group > CHEA Memberships (13 June 2013)
- (GOV.UK) Government Accreditation / CHEA Membership News Update (British Embassy Bangkok)
- (NAFSA) Association of International Educators (ed.gov / EROD)
- (AIEA) Association of International Education Administrators (ed.gov / EROD)
- Andrew Norfolk (29 June 2009). "Man given job of closing bogus colleges was sacked by university". The Times.