Accreditation is a form of independent, professional certification that focuses on schools and programs in a particular field. Accreditation therefore assures international students and their parents that a Canadian school or program adheres to high quality standards - that the programs are delivered by qualified faculty and are constantly updated to follow the changes and meet the needs of the relevant industry or working world. Attending an accredited school or program is often thought to make you more competitive on the job market.
While there is no single accrediting body for humanities and liberal arts studies in Canada, there are separate national and international accrediting bodies for several different programs within the field of humanities and liberal arts.International students can also look at whether a school or program in Canada has any memberships in, or endorsements by, discipline-specific professional associations which reflect certain standards of quality, but this is not the same as official accreditation.
Social Work - Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work (CASSW)
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
The CASSW Board of Accreditation is responsible for accrediting undergraduate (BSW) and graduate (MSW) education programs.
Religious Studies - The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE)
Location: Orlando, Florida
Accredits postsecondary institutions throughout North America that engage students in biblical, transformational, experiential, and missional higher education.
The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies, which are educational associations of regional, national or international scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met. Institutions and/or programs that request an agency's evaluation and that meet an agency's criteria are then "accredited" by that agency.