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To give official authorization or status. To recognize as having sufficient academic standards to qualify graduates for higher education or for professional practice. In International Law: (1) To acknowledge; to receive as an envoy and give that person credit and rank accordingly. (2) To send with credentials as an envoy. This latter use is now the accepted one.

TO ACCREDIT, international law. The act by which a diplomatic agent is acknowledged by the government near which he is sent. This at once makes his public character known, and becomes his protection.

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Critical characteristics of an accreditable institution, basic purposes of accreditation, and nontraditional forms of most concern.
This diversity also appears in the 23 programs accredited in this first CSAB accreditation cycle; and this seems to demonstrate the great flexibility available under the CSAB criteria for institutions to develop accreditable computer science programs consistent with the institutions' own purposes or goals.

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