ERIC Number: ED483330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
What Does Accreditation Mean To You, The Student?
Welch, Sally R.
Distance Education and Training Council
Accreditation is a process that gives public recognition to institutions that meet certain standards. It is a promise that an institution will provide the quality of education it claims to offer. Accreditation assures the student that the institution operates on a sound financial basis, has an approved program of study, qualified instructors, adequate facilities and equipment, and approved recruitment and admissions policies. There are two basic types of accreditation?institutional and specialized. Institutional accreditation is granted by the regional and national accrediting agencies, which collectively serve most of the institutions chartered or licensed in the United States. These agencies only accredit total operating units. Specialized accreditation of professional or occupational institutions and programs is granted by national professional organizations in such fields as journalism, health sciences, engineering and law. After all is said and done, an accredited institution is one that delivers on its promises to its students everyday.
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Distance Education, Academic Standards, Quality Control, Institutional Evaluation, Self Evaluation (Groups), Educational Quality
Distance Education and Training Council, 1601 18th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009-2529. Tel: 202-34-5100; Web site: www.detc.org; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, DC.