The Powers Of The Council For Higher Education
The Main Powers of the CHE:
A. To grant a permit to open and operate an institution of higher education –
As a preliminary stage in the accreditation process, the Council for Higher Education must grant a permit to open an institution of higher education. Prior to receiving this approval, the institution may not award an academic degree. The opening of any new unit (program of study, department, etc.) requires permission from the Council. Every institution operating with a permit must inform its students that until it has received authorization, there is no certainty of a degree.
B. To accredit an institution as an institution of higher education –
The President of the State grants a Certificate of Accreditation to an institution accredited as an institution of higher education following approval by the Government. A notice of the accreditation is published in the Official Gazette of the Israeli Government.
Upon accreditation by the CHE (in accordance with section 9 of the Council for Higher Education Law – 1958), the institution that has a permit becomes an accredited institution of higher education. The institution now enjoys academic and administrative autonomy according to section 15 of the Council for Higher Education Law. An accredited institution may award academic degrees only in those fields in which it is authorized to do so by the CHE.
C. To authorize an accredited institution to award an academic degree –
An institution of higher education, even though it has been accredited by the Council for Higher Education, may not award academic degrees without authorization to do so by the Council.
Usually, the CHE authorizes the institution to award academic degrees along with the accreditation.
Every new program in which an institution seeks to award an academic degree must have the approval of the CHE and requires authorization by the Council to the institution to award the degree.
D. To approve studies under the academic auspices of an accredited institution
E. To allow an institution to use a name or designation, the use of which requires approval according to the Council of Higher Education Law –
An educational institution may not use one of the following designations: university”, technion, “technological institute”, “faculty”, “academy”, beit sefer gavoa (lit. “high school”, i.e. school above the level of a secondary school), michlala academit (academic college), haskala gevoha and hinuch gavoah either separately or in combination with another of them or as an adjectival or nounal adjunct to another designation, either in Hebrew or in a foreign language, unless the institution has been accredited according to the Council for Higher Education Law or has received approval to do so from the Council for Higher Education.
Furthermore, an educational institution may not use a designation that implies that it has received a permit or accreditation or authorization to award an academic degree, unless it has received a permit or accreditation.
F. To submit proposals for the consolidation, expansion and improvement of accredited institutions and in the matter of academic cooperation among them with regard to teaching and research
G. To submit to the Government, through the Planning and Budgeting Committee, proposals to develop higher education and for State participation in the budgets of the higher education system according to the needs of the society and the country, and recommendations to the Government regarding the establishment of additional institutions of higher education
H. To grant a license to branches of foreign institutions of higher education
I. To grant recognition of degrees awarded by accredited Institutions in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.