The Accreditation Backstory: An Inside View
Accreditation is a voluntary and self-regulatory process by which nongovernmental agencies recognize educational institutions or academic programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards for educational quality. Accreditation assists in the further improvement of an institution or academic program. It indicates to the public: 1) that an institution or academic program has been evaluated and periodically reevaluated by a qualified independent group of peers and 2) the extent to which an institution or academic program demonstrated it meets appropriate educational purposes and standards of educational quality. In the United States, accreditation is the primary way used by the federal government to determine students’ access to federal funds.
Following this session, participants will be able to:
- Describe what accreditation is and what an accreditation agency is
- Explain the USDE recognition process for accrediting agencies
- Examine current issues in accreditation.