College Accreditation

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. The U.S. Department of Education does not accredit educational institutions and/or programs. However, the Secretary of Education is required by law to publish a list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies that the Secretary determines to be reliable authorities as to the quality of education or training provided by the institutions of higher education and the higher education programs they accredit.

In addition, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) (a non-governmental organization) recognizes reputable accrediting bodies for institutions of higher education. It also provide guidelines as well as resources and relevant data regarding these accrediting agencies. The CHEA does not accredit individual institutions either.

Knowing about the accreditation - accredited by which agencies and/or what types - will be knowing about quality of education. It can be a good starting point to get your right colleges. You can search colleges or list agencies to do so.

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