2 EDUCATION Types of Programs Types of Institutions Accreditation Semester System
3 Types of ProgramsUndergraduate programs (Bachelor degree) -the first level of post-secondary education -Age after 12 -At least 4 yearsGraduate Programs (Master’s & Doctorate degree) -same as post-graduate education -depending on the subject or course -earn a master’s or doctoral degree like MBA, MS or PhD -Requires a minimum of 16 years of formal education
4 Types of InstitutionsUniversities - Academic institutions - Include one or more undergraduate colleges - i.e. schools offering study for a single profession such as lawFour year colleges - Undergraduate institutions - Offering academic programs leading to a bachelor’s degreeInstitutes of technology - Polytechnic institutes - Offering specialized programs in sciences and engineering, in addition to basic sciences, humanities and the social sciences - Both levels(Gr. & Un. Gr.)
5 Accreditationa process by which universities and their programs are recognized for maintaining a certain level of performance and qualityusually done by non-governmental agencies called accreditation bodies.Two types: - Regional Bodies > ascertain whether colleges and universities as a whole meet certain >standards of educational quality. - Professional > evaluate the quality of education in specific fields like Business, Law etc.
6 IMPORTANCE OF ACCREDITATION Ensures that universities meet minimum standards.Only national and international form of evaluation for US universities.Increases the recognition of degree by employers and schools.Helps in case the student wishes a transfer to another university
7 SemestersFall Semester (September/October): - Main intake - Almost all programs offered at this times. - More financial aid - As funds are allocated for the entire year during this time.Spring Semester (January/February): - The mid-year intake - Limited financial assistance