Regionally Accredited Online Colleges
More than ever, it is important you ensure that you choose a regionally accredited online college. By checking a school’s accreditation up front, you will avoid finding out later that your credits may not transfer to another school. Or worse, that your employer does not recognize your degree.
TYPES OF ACCREDITATION
There are actually two types of accreditation: institutional and programmatic. Institutional accreditation makes sure the college itself meets certain standards, while program level accreditation makes sure a specific program meets its particular industry’s standards.
Accreditation is further broken down into national and regional. National accreditation is typically used by colleges looking to get their students started in careers as soon as possible. These include technical, vocational and religious schools. Trantransfer credits are not widely recognized by regionally accredited colleges and universities.
Regional accreditation, on the other hand, is the standard recognized by most traditional colleges and universities, and is therefore more widely accepted. Both national and regional accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, but regional accreditation makes it easier to transfer college credits to other regionally accredited institutions.
|Colorado Technical University||Higher Learning Commission|
|Strayer University||The Middle States Commission on Higher Education|
|Southern New Hampshire University||New England Commission of Higher Education|
|Ashford University||WASC Senior College and University Commission|
|Liberty University||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges|
|Purdue Global University||Higher Learning Commission|
|Grand Canyon University||Higher Learning Commission|
WHY IS ACCREDITATION IMPORTANT?
According to the US Department of Ed, college accreditation is used by both students and universities to:
- Verify that a college or university meets established standards.
- Help students identify acceptable colleges or universities.
- Allow colleges and universities determine the acceptability of transfer credits.
- Set goals to raise the standards among educational institutions.
- Establish criteria for professional certification and licensure and for upgrading courses offering such preparation.
- Set a basis for receiving federal financial aid.
You can check your school’s accreditation by visiting the following:
- Middle States Commission of Higher Education
- Northwest Commission of Schools & Colleges
- North Central Association of Colleges & Schools
- New England Association of Schools & Colleges
- Southern Association of Colleges & Schools
- Western Association of Schools & Colleges
To check distance learning accreditation, visit:
Beware of these phrases when considering a school’s accreditation:
- “Pursuing Accreditation”
These terms do not necessarily mean a school is accredited. To verify regional accreditation of a school, visit the CHEA.