Thursday, 3 March 2016

Accreditation in the United States

Accreditation is an indicator that an institution has met a set of accepted standards of academic quality that are defined and recognized by other higher education institutions, and is the primary standard for quality assurance in U.S. higher education, and is used both here and internationally to determine the value of a college degree earned at a college or university in the United States.

  For more information on accreditation, see The Council for Higher Education Accreditation website, which provides extensive resources, articles and videos about accreditation.

More Facts about Accreditation:
  • The U.S. government itself does not accredit colleges, unlike common practice in many countries. Likewise, the federal government does not accredit or conduct academic evaluation of foreign colleges.
  • U.S. accrediting organizations evaluate colleges and universities in all 50 states, as well as in 97 other countries.
  • There are four types of accreditation, and many different accrediting organizations.
  • Government agencies are not part of the accreditation process, but may recognize or approve certain types of accreditation based on their assessment of the standards and performance of the accrediting agency, their member institutions, and/or the reason for the accreditation.
  • The U.S. Department of Education recognizes accrediting bodies for purposes of institutional financial aid eligibility and other areas in which the federal government has an interest.
  • It’s important to know what kind of accreditation is best for your own purposes as you plan for your future educational and professional goals.
  • Approval by a state government is not accreditation, except in the case of the New York Board of Regents, which is both a state agency and an accrediting body
  • The accreditation of schools is funded primarily through fees and annual dues
How can I Find Out if a School is Accredited?
There are two searchable databases on the Internet that provide reliable information about the accreditation of institutions and academic programs.
Be aware that most schools will claim accreditation if they have it, but it’s still a good idea to verify that their accreditation is one that will be recognized by other schools, employers, licensing boards, and government agencies.

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