The Significance of Accreditation

While accreditation criteria and procedures of regional accrediting agencies differ from region to region, the principles underlying eligibility and levels of expectation are similar in their intent to:

  • foster excellence through the development of criteria and guidelines for assessing educational quality and institutional effectiveness;
  • encourage institutional improvement through continuous self-study and evaluation;
  • ensure the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an institution has clearly defined and appropriate educational objectives, has established conditions under which their achievement can reasonably be expected, appears in fact to be substantially accomplishing them, and is so organized, staffed, and supported that it can be expected to continue to do so; and
  • provide counsel and assistance to established and developing institutions.