Value of Accreditation

For students, accreditation provides value related to not only judging quality, but also obtaining employment, receiving student aid and transferring credits. Accreditation:

    • Encourages confidence that the educational activities of an accredited institution or program have been found to be satisfactory.

    • Assists with student mobility: Accredited status indicates to institutions judging requests for transfer or applications for graduate school that the sending institution or program has met threshold expectations of quality.

    • Signals to prospective employers that a student's educational program has met widely accepted standards, with graduation from an accredited program, in some cases, a prerequisite for entering a profession.

    • Provides access to federal and sometimes state financial aid, available to qualified students who attend institutions accredited by recognized accrediting organizations.

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