Message from the Chairman

Japan Association for College Accreditation (JACA)
Osamu Sekiguchi, Chairman

Dear Members,

I wish to express my gratitude to colleagues at the universities and junior colleges who have continued to make progress in our organization’s accreditation process, including the self-study and self-evaluation. Your cooperative efforts in assuring high quality educational programs are greatly appreciated.

The third phase of our organization’s accreditation process began in 2018, with a review of our framework in response to amended laws and feedback from member institutions.  Our accreditation framework basically was maintained because we already incorporated the content of the March 2016 report “Aiming Fulfillment of Accreditation System – Summary of Deliberation” of the Central Council for Education Universities Subcommittee.  There were no major changes to the framework of the accreditation standard of ACCJC of the USA, with which our organization partners.

The main revisions enhanced the evaluation of “Three Policies” and renamed the category of self-study and assessment to “Internal Quality Assurance.”  This was designated as the most important evaluation criteria, and, as such, a rubric for it was created. We also responded to the partial amendment of the Private School Act and the School Education Law.

I sincerely hope that you will adjust your practices to align with these revisions and that you will intensify your efforts so that you will precisely grasp the current situation, resolve various issues, and extend your important role in revitalizing the community for further advancement.

In March of 2020, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology recognized our organization as a third-party certified evaluation and accreditation agency for universities. Accordingly, we changed our corporate name to Japan Association for College Accreditation as of April 1, 2020.

Our organization will continue to conduct comprehensive evaluations of educational and research activities for both junior colleges and universities.  We will support independent innovation and improvements as we advance our goals of achieving educational and research standards of the highest quality. I humbly ask for your continued support and cooperation.