ERIC Number: ED481873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Profile of Accreditation. Fact Sheet.
Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Washington, DC.
This fact sheet presents information about the accreditation of institutions of higher education in the United States. Accreditation is a process of external quality review used to scrutinize colleges, universities, and educational programs for quality assurance and improvement. In the United States, in 2002, 6,421 institutions were accredited, and 18,713 programs were accredited. If the institutions, 4,196 (65.3%) were degree-granting, and 3,617 (56.3%) were nonprofit institutions. Accreditation is through regional accreditors, operating in six clusters of states, national accreditors that review entire institutions, and specialized accreditors for programs and some single-purpose institutions. The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) review the quality and effectiveness of accrediting organizations. This document also contains the recognition standards spelled out by USDE and CHEA. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Washington, DC.