Congratulations to Dar Al-Hekma College for obtaining institutional accreditation from the ACICS! Universities are judged on a variety of measures, from the adequacy of libraries and labs to the educational level of professors and class sizes. Accreditation from this US educational body means that the credits earned in courses at the Saudi women’s college are considered equivalent to those earned in an American college/university. That means that they can be fully transferred to an American degree course and can be used as the basis for earning higher degrees in US institutions. Dar Al-Hekma is the first private educational institution in the region to achieve accreditation, putting it in the same league as AUC and AUB. Perhaps it will encourage some American students to take a year abroad to study in Jeddah.
Dar Al-Hekma gets ACICS accreditation
Sabahat F. Siddiqi
JEDDAH – Dar Al-Hekma College in Jeddah announced that it has received institutional accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Washington, D.C. It makes the college the first private institution of higher education in the region to achieve full institutional accreditation from a US accrediting body. A press conference was held at the college on Monday afternoon at which Dr. Suhair Hassan Al-Qurashi, President of the College, announced receiving formal notification from ACICS on Dec. 17.
“Dar Al-Hekma extends its thanks to the entire college community – students, faculty, and staff as well as alumni, trustees, and friends – for their confidence and contribution, and for their vital role in making this achievement possible,” Al-Qurashi said.
It is commendable that the ACICS accrediting team from the United States, after a very tough and challenging assessment certified the college’s high standards, efficiency, and effectiveness. “It ensures the continued advancement and excellence of the college in the years to come,” added Al-Qurashi.