Japan University Accreditation Association

Membership Type: Full
Email: intl@juaa.or.jp
Year in which Organisation/Agency commenced operations: 1947
Countries/regions/states of operation: japan

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Title: Dr.
First Name: Kyosuke
Surname: Nagata
Job Title: President
Phone: +81-3-6228-1315
Email Id: intl@juaa.or.jp

Nominated Contact Person (if different from CEO)

First Name: Kazuyo
Surname: Hara
Job Title: Associate Director
Email Id: k_hara@juaa.or.jp

Organisation Details

Japan University Accreditation Association
Address: 2-7-13 Ichigayasadohara-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 162-0842
Japan
Website: https://www.juaa.or.jp/en/index.html

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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: We accredit universities at institutional level. Our activities are described in the "Act of Endowment and Related Bylaws of JUAA," and these are reported to member universities by the Annual Report (Bulltin)
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: Our mission and objectives are specified in the "Act of Endowment and Related Bylaws of JUAA" and a brochure.

Example of documentation is the same as Criterion 1.
3 Criterion: Agency staff, Numbers, Profile, Roles:
Measure: The profile of the staff is consistent with the Mission Statement
Description: There are 17 people on the staff in our association.
The main job of our staff is the assistance of reviewers and the support of universities for self-study activities.

We hire the eligible persons who understand and agree with our mission.

As the qualifications of our staff, we require at least bachelor degree, but in the nature of our jobs, we try to hire staff with masterâ??s degree in these years.
4 Criterion: Profile of reviewers:
Measure: The profile of the reviewers is consistent with the Mission Statement
Description: Reviewers are chosen by recommendation from formal member universities. Nominees are usually on the Self-Study Committee in their own universities.

Each of the Accreditation Committee and Re-accreditation Committee consists of 24 members.

Based on the regulations, 20 members are elected by vote from the list of nominated faculty members of formal member universities. And besides these, 4 knowledgeable persons are added as members. And, about 620 faculty members from formal member universities are registered as reviewers, and most of the members of reviewers teams are selected from the list in view of their specialities.

We hold the reviewers training several times for all reviewers every year.
5 Criterion: Independence:
Measure: The judgements and recommendations of the agency’s reports cannot be changed by third parties
Description: Our final judgement, recommendations and advices to applicant universities are determined at the Accreditation Committee, and cannot be changed by third parties. After the approval of the Board, all Accreditation Results Reports become open to the public.
6 Criterion: Resources:
Measure: The agency has sufficient resources to run its operations in accordance with its mission statement and objectives
Description: We have sufficient resources to run and financial statement is reported at the Board of Councilors every year.
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: We have "University standards," "Undergraduate Course Standards," and "Master's/Doctoral Course Standards." All of them are published and can be downloaded from the HP.

Also, we have a review manual that includes self-evaluation, site visit, public report and follow-up measure. (It is only Japanese version)
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: Our accreditation cycle is every 7 years.
We require Universities to submit Improvement Report 3 years after getting accreditation.
That system provides continuous accreditation and advance the quality assurance of universities.

We do not have our own quality assurance system (self-evaluation system) yet, but we are planning to set up a committee for the system in the fairly near future. To start with it, we sent questionnaires about our accreditation to all the 35 universities which were accredited last year, and then got the answers. In addition, we visit 7 of them and had an interview with the faculty members and staff members. We are now analyzing the results.

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.
Proof of recognition as a Higher Education Institution: Applicable Only For Institutional Members
Proof of the organisation’s good standing with the local QA agency: Applicable Only For Institutional Members

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
Applicable Only For Associate Members

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
Description: Applicable Only For Intermediate Members
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
Applicable Only For Intermediate Members
3 Criterion: :
Proof of the organisation’s good standing with the local QA agency
Applicable Only For Intermediate Members

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
Criteria Requirements for Observer: Applicable Only For Observers

Documentation and Fees

Additional Information: No additional information is required for my application
Upon approval of my application I agree to pay:
  • $500 (Initial Joining Fee: Full Member, Intermediate Member, Associate Member)
  • $300 Member Fee: Full Member, Intermediate Member (if not INQAAHE Member)
I will be applying for support for: None

Documents Submitted

Act_of_Endowment_and_Related_Bylaws_of_JUAA.doc





Undergraduate_Course_Standards.doc








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