AECC receives seal of approval from QAA

The Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) is proud to announce that it has achieved an excellent outcome from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). The QAA’s mission is to safeguard quality and standards in UK universities and colleges, and all publicly funded higher education institutions in the UK subscribe to this regular and stringent review of their quality assurance policies and processes. However, as an independent provider it is unique for the AECC to be regulated in this manner.

Following three separate visits for a total of seven days, the QAA panel reached the following judgments:

  • The academic standards of the awards that the College delivers on behalf of its awarding bodies meet UK expectations for threshold standards

  • The quality of student learning opportunities at the College meets UK expectations

  • The enhancement of student learning opportunities at the College meets UK expectations

The QAA also stated a number of particular features of good practice, which include:

  • The College makes use of a wide range of UK and European higher education and professional benchmarks for setting and maintaining academic standards, which also support clear progression routes into employment nationally and internationally

  • The purpose-built teaching clinic, with associated guidance for students and staff, facilitates student learning and postgraduate research

  • The reciprocal benefits derived from final year interns mentoring students in the clinic observation unit

The QAA panel also concluded that the public information provided by the AECC about its higher education is current, reliable, useful and accessible to students, and that the AECC manages the first year student experience carefully and effectively.

AECC’s Principal, Professor Haymo Thiel, said: “Such a positive outcome from the QAA reflects a major milestone for the AECC, proving that a relatively small and independent higher education institution can punch successfully above its weight within a very challenging sector.”

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