The Importance of Accreditation
Accreditation is a stringent process of quality control completed by an independent and government recognized accrediting body. The only recognized accreditation in the United States is accreditation granted by an agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or BOTH.
Using credentials issued by a school that is not properly accredited may cause professional and even legal problems. Please check carefully.
To check the validity of an accrediting body, you should visit the following websites:
- Distance Education Accrediting Commission
- U.S. Department of Education
- Council for Higher Education Accreditation
To check whether a school is accredited:
- Search the U.S. Department of Education Database of Accredited Schools by Institution Name online here. If a school is not listed in this database, it is NOT an accredited institution.
We also recommend you:
- Download the Accreditation Brochure published by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation online here for important questions you should ask during the admissions process at any institution.
- Download the Accreditation Took Kit published by the Council for Higher Education online here which provides important information on U.S. higher education accreditation and recognition.
- Check with the Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General's office in the state in which the school is located to see if any investigations or litigation against the school exists, past or pending. You should also contact the state's Department of Education or degree approval office for degree granting schools to confirm state approval.