What Are the Major Accreditation Organizations for College Degrees?

When choosing a school, college or university, it is important to select one that is recognized by a regional or national accreditation organization for college degrees. Read on for more information about major accreditation organizations for institutions in the United States.

An Overview of Accreditation

A school's accreditation documents the school's adherence to quality standards in collegiate education. Many accreditation organizations establish these standards, and some standards are set to fit particular fields of study. A full list of recognized bodies of accreditation for higher education can be found at the U.S. Department of Education website (www.ed.gov).

Important Facts About Accredited Colleges

Degree Fields of Study Art education, marketing, economics, microbiology, theatre, operations management, linguistics, English, computer science, human nutrition, film studies, and many others
Programs Continuing education programs are offered for emerging and established professionals
Prerequisites Varies, depending upon intended program of enrollment; a high school diploma, or equivalent, is typically required for enrollment in an associate's or bachelor's degree program
Possible Careers Computer hardware engineer, editor, teacher, credit analyst, sales engineer, computer programmer, radio and television announcer

Major Accreditation Organizations for Occupational, Trade and Technical Schools

Schools that seek recognition through the accreditation organizations below primarily offer certificates or associate's, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees in professional, technical, trade, vocational or occupational careers. The institutions might be publicly or privately funded, and some of them offer distance education. For these types of schools, major accreditation organizations with national recognition include the following:

  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
  • Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training
  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
  • Council on Occupational Education

Major Accreditation Organizations for Distance Education

Although nearly all major accreditation organizations recognize institutions that provide distance education, the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) reviews and provides accreditation only for distance learning programs. DETC accredits programs as advanced as a professional doctoral degree. DETC-accredited institutions are recognized for Title IV purposes. Title IV accreditation allows the student to apply for federal student aid.

Regional Accreditation Organizations for College Degrees

Regionally-based major accreditation organizations cover all U.S. states. These institutions are recognized for all degree program levels. Most institutions strive for recognition through one of these regional accreditation organizations. These accreditation organizations include oversight of degree-granting institutions representing most fields of study:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • New York State Board of Regents
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges

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