StudentsLearn what accreditation is and the critical role it plays in your education
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is the public recognition awarded to colleges, universities and programs that meet established educational standards. Accreditation assures that teaching, student achievement, curricula, academic support and other criteria meet certain levels of quality.
Why is accreditation important?
Getting a Job
The type of accreditation is important!
There are different types of accreditation that can impact students’ decisions about where to study:
Specialized or Professional Accreditation
Questions Students Should Ask the Institution or Program
Is your program accredited? If so, by which agency or organization? (Make sure the college specifies whether it has institutional or programmatic accreditation, or both - you can go to the accreditors' websites to verify this information.)
If your program is not accredited, will I be able to work in this or any other state after I graduate? (You may want to verify the individual state requirements for the profession you are considering.)
Is there a required exam or certification to practice in this field? If so, does graduating from your program mean I can take this exam or be eligible for certification?
How important is program accreditation to the employers in my chosen field?
Does this program's accreditation make me eligible for federal student aid?
See a full list of accreditors who are members of ASPA and the professions and fields of study for which they set quality standards.