Accreditation Committee of Cambodia

Membership Type: Full
Email: info@acc.gov.kh
Year in which Organisation/Agency commenced operations: 2003
Countries/regions/states of operation: Cambodia, nationwide

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Title: Mr
First Name: Montaya
Surname: SAN
Job Title: Secretary-General
Phone: +855 11970551
Fax: +855 23 725 743
Email Id: accaffaire@gmail.com
Alternative Email Id: info@acc.gov.kh

Nominated Contact Person (if different from CEO)

Title: Dr
First Name: Piseth
Surname: PEOU
Job Title: Director of Cooperation and Information Department
Phone: +855 17 333 026
Fax: +855 23 224 620
Email Id: dr.pisethpeou@gmail.com

Organisation Details

Accreditation Committee of Cambodia
Address: Office of the Council Building # 41, Russian Federation Blvd, Phnom Penh
Cambodia
Website: http://www.acc.gov.kh

Additional Contacts

Criteria Requirements for Full Member

1 Criterion: Nature of the operations of the agency:
Measure: The agency is responsible for reviews at institutional or programme level of post-secondary
education institutions or post-secondary quality assurance agencies
Description: ACC has been established as a legal mechanism for administering the accreditation of higher education for all higher educational institutions in Cambodia. ACC is carrying out institutional accreditation as its work method with 5 year interval for full accreditation and 3 year interval for provisional accreditation.
Supporting document:
-Royal decree signed by Head of State on behalf of the King of Cambodia.

The ACC has already conducted an audit and the report has been submitted to the Board; awaiting decision.
2 Criterion: Mission statement and objectives:
Measure: The agency has formulated a mission statement and objectives which are consistent with the nature of the agency
Description: ACC mission is to ensure and promote academic quality for greater effectiveness and quality consistent with international standards by determining the organization of structure, roles, functions, and duties regarding the administration of the accreditation process of higher education for all HEIs which grant degrees in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Supporting document:
-Article 1 of the Royal Decree signed by Head of State on behalf of the King of Cambodia.
-Sub-decree signed by Prime Minister of the Royal Government of Cambodia
3 Criterion: Agency staff, Numbers, Profile, Roles:
Measure: The profile of the staff is consistent with the Mission Statement
Description: ACC employ two levels of officials
1- Level One: The Board: The Board led by a Chairperson who is also a deputy Prime Minister and a Vice-Chairperson who is Minister of Education, Youth and Sport. There are other 5 elected senior Cambodian citizens with knowledge of higher education plocy and management as members. Staff at this level is the policy and decision-making.
2- Level Two: The ACC secretariat: led by one Secretary-General and two Deputy Secretary-General. The secretariat consists of three supporting departments with over twenty officials. Staff at this level is technical and administrative people.
Supporting document:
-Article 10 and 11 of the Royal Decree signed by Head of State on behalf of the King of Cambodia
- Article 1 of the Revising Decree Signed by the King of Cambodia
-Sub-decree signed by Prime Minister of the Royal Government of Cambodia
4 Criterion: Profile of reviewers:
Measure: The profile of the reviewers is consistent with the Mission Statement
Description: ACC is at its emerging stage which is now on the process of developing instruments and training external assessors. There is no profile, neither report of assessors, reviewers available at this stage. However, ACC carry out Foundation Year Program site visit in the first quarter of 2006.
In September 2005 with technical and financial support from APQN, ACC will have assessor training for the first time. ACC assessors, as stated in ACC circulation, are those who have at least Master degree in any field currently available if HEIs in Cambodia with at least 5 year experience.

Supporting document:
- ACC circulation on assessor selection (in Cambodian language and to be sent to APQN by mail)
5 Criterion: Independence:
Measure: The judgements and recommendations of the agency’s reports cannot be changed by third parties
Description: ACC is technically independent from all influences. Royal government of Cambodia has ACC established as a separate body from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport to ensure that its decision is not influenced by agency with close relation to HEIs. Further more, ACC make decision based on voting from all ACC members.
Supporting document:
-Royal decree signed by Head of State on behalf of the King of Cambodia.
6 Criterion: Resources:
Measure: The agency has sufficient resources to run its operations in accordance with its mission statement and objectives
Description: ACC is mainly financed by the Royal Government of Cambodia. Currently ACC additional financial source is grant from the World Bank for 3 year period (2005-08)
Supporting document:
-2005-08 budget approved by Secretary-General
7 Criterion: External quality assurance criteria and processes:
Measure: The description of the processes and criteria applied should be transparent and publicly available and normally include:
self evaluation, site visit, public report and follow-up measure
Description: ACC, like many other accrediting agencies, employ a transparent process for accreditation. This includes:
1-Self-assessment: HEIs conduct self-assessment and write report on their findings. This report is sent to ACC secretariat along with application for accreditation.
2-Site visit: ACC secretariat carefully examines the self-assessment report. In the case, the findings by HEI convincing to be appropriate for accreditation, ACC secretariat will form a team of assessors for site visit to verify if the report reflects reality of the scene. ACC Assessors are professionals independent from any influences. Assessors will write report on what they find in the fields, compare and contrast what has been stated by HEI in its self-assessment report, and their recommendation on accreditation.
3-ACC secretariat report: ACC secretariat will combine and present three documents to the Board, namely: ACC record of HEI, self assessment report by HEI, and assessor report from site visit with the Secretariat recommendation for the Board decision.
4-Board decision: Board decision is based on votes from all present members after careful examination of all related documents and recommendations.
5-Announcement of the findings: ACC secretariat will announce publicly decision of the Board through such as poster on the Secretariat information board, ACC newsletter freely distributed, ACC website.
Supporting document:
-Manual book for accreditation (in Cambodian language and to be sent to APQN by mail)
8 Criterion: Quality assurance:
Measure: The description of the processes and criteria applied should be transparent and publicly available and normally include:
self evaluation, site visit, public report and follow-up measure
Description: There are two types of QA in Cambodia, external and internal QA. ACC is in charge of external QA while internal QA is shared by ACC and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. External QA is mainly based on minimum standards developed by ACC. The standards shall be revised occasionally as needed.

Each HEI which grants degrees in the Kingdom of Cambodia shall be subject to an accreditation process. The provision of accreditation of higher education shall be made through an evaluation relative to attainment of a basic minimum standard as a condition for all higher educations. The academic basic minimum standard for all HEIs is an evaluation of the performance of each HEIs as specified by Article 9 of the Royal Kret. ACC shall spell out details regarding the basic minimum standard requirement.
Supporting document:
-Royal Kret,
-Draft of Minimum standards

Criteria Requirements for Institutional Member

Institutional Member Criteria:
Measure: Institutional Members are institutions of higher education in the region that are in good standing with the relevant quality assurance agency if one exists.

Criteria Requirements for Associate Member

Associate Member Criteria:
Measure:Associate Members are organisations with a major interest and active involvement in evaluation, accreditation and quality assurance in higher education, but without the responsibility for assuring the quality of institutions, education programs, or external quality assurance agencies

Criteria Requirements for Intermediate Member

1 Criterion: Nature of the operations of the agency:
Measure: The agency is responsible for reviews at institutional or programme level of post-secondary education institutions or post-secondary quality assurance agencies
2 Criterion: Mission statement and objectives:
Measure: The agency has formulated a mission statement and objectives which are consistent with the nature of the agency
3 Criterion: :
Proof of the organisation’s good standing with the local QA agency

Criteria Requirements for Observer

Criterion For Observers:
Measure: APQN accepts as Observers organisations outside the Asia-Pacific region, including: external quality assurance agencies; institutions with a major interest in evaluation, accreditation and quality assurance in higher education; other regional networks that have major interests in and strong links with the region

Documentation and Fees

Additional Information: I will be emailing and posting additional supporting information
Upon approval of my application I agree to pay:
  • $300 Member Fee: Full Member, Intermediate Member (if not INQAAHE Member)
I will be applying for support for: Both Initial Joining Fee and Membership Fee

Documents Submitted

Royal_Kret_in_English.doc
Revising_Royal_Kret_English.pdf
Revising_Royal_Kret_English (1).pdf

Royal_Kret_in_English.doc


ACC_Minimum_Standards.doc







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