ERIC Number: ED396631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies and Associations. Criteria and Procedures for Listing by the U.S. Secretary of Education and Current List.
Office of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
This document consists of the U.S. Department of Education's current list of the approximately 95 accrediting agencies and associations in the United States recognized as reliable authorities concerning the quality of postsecondary education or training offered by institutions or programs. The introductory section points out that the United States has no centralized authority exercising national control over its educational institutions and that nongovernmental, peer evaluation of educational institutions and programs by private educational associations insures a basic level of quality. The full text of the federal regulations regarding the procedures and criteria for recognizing accrediting agencies is provided. The document includes a discussion of the functions of accreditation, the accrediting procedure, types of accreditation, and the role of nongovernmental coordinating agencies. Accrediting bodies are listed under the following categories: regional institutional accrediting associations; regional institutional accrediting commissions; national institutional and specialized accrediting bodies (by subject); and accrediting agencies and associations recognized for their preaccreditation categories. Usually provided in each listing is agency name; dates of original, most recent, and next regular review; director, address, and phone number. (CK)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.