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Understanding Accreditation
Knowing the accreditation status of any institution and program you’re considering is a crucial part of your decision-making process.
 
Accreditation is a process whereby educational institutions or specific programs are endorsed by an association as viable teaching and learning establishments based on a set of rigorous educational standards. There are three types of accreditation that you need to be aware of: regional, national, and programmatic.
 
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has created several additional resources on understanding why Accreditation Matters including the videos Accreditation and Its Value to You, Types of Accreditation: What’s the Difference? and, Degree Mills and Accreditation Mills.
 
 
Finding Accreditation Status
Most institutions will prominently display its accreditation status on its website. If you can’t find an institution’s link to information about its accreditation status, then sometimes you can type in the word “accreditation” into the institution’s website search function to be taken to the appropriate section.
 
All institutions listed on the College Choices for Adults website are regionally accredited. View each institutions’ profile to see who accredits that institution.
 
For institutions who are not part of College Choices for Adults, you also can visit the National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator website, type in the institution’s name in the “Name of School” box, click on “Show Results,” and then navigate to the “Accreditation” tab, where both institutional and programmatic/specialized accreditation status are listed for almost every higher education institution in the United States.