Monday, October 13, 2014

2014 DOE Higher Education Accreditation Processes and Policies

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   Accreditation in the United States 

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Here you will find lists of regional and national accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as reliable authorities concerning the quality of education or training offered by the institutions of higher education or higher education programs they accredit.  Read More . . . . . . . . 

What is accreditation? 
Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains standards requisite for its graduates to 
gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for
 professional practice. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions
 of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.

What are accrediting agencies? 
Accrediting agencies are organizations (or bodies) that establish operating standards for educational 
or professional institutions and programs, determine the extent to which the standards are met, and 
publicly announce their findings.

Are there different types of accreditation? 
There are two basic types of educational accreditation, one identified as “institutional” and one 
referred to as “specialized” or “programmatic.” Institutional accreditation normally applies to an 
entire institution, indicating that each of an institution’s parts is contributing to the achievement 
of the institution’s objectives, although not necessarily all at the same level of quality.
Specialized accreditation normally applies to the evaluation of programs , departments, or schools 
which usually are parts of a total collegiate or other postsecondary institution. The unit accredited 
may be as large as a college or school within a university or as small as a curriculum within a 
discipline. Most of the specialized accrediting agencies review units within a postsecondary institution
 which is accredited by one of the regional accrediting commissions. However, certain of the specialized 
accrediting agencies accredit professional schools and other specialized or vocational or other 
postsecondary institutions which are free-standing in their operations. Thus, a "specialized" or 
"programmatic" accrediting agency may also function in the capacity of an "institutional" accrediting 
agency.  In addition, a number of specialized accrediting agencies accredit educational 
programs within non-educational settings, such as 
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