Most schools will let you graduate under the requirements for the year you entered if they change the requirements. They will also let you graduate under the current requirements if you choose to change.AnswerNo school should be changing the curriculum, unless it is to update with the changing times. When you decide to persue a degree, you should know going in, what classes you are going to be expected to take. Halfway through, the school changes the classes or the amount of classes, is or should be a violation of a contract, the contract that says I am going to school with you, you are going to receive this amount of money and this is what I expect to get back in the way of an education. Nationally accredited schools have more of a focus on the degree itself then a regionally accredited school. Look at the classes one would take the first year as proof.
The "contract" notion has not always stood up in court, and many changes occur which are never even challenged and tested. Schools change tuition and fees all the time. Faculty who are leaders in a student's chosen field of specialization move, retire, or die, and no one is able to take over the program. Programs that are funded on so-called "soft" money -- grants -- lose their funding and collapse. Courses that are under-enrolled are postponed or dropped.
States have been known to impose on students course requirments that were not in the original catalog. A case in New Jersey entailed a newly-imposed requirement that all students enrolled in a teacher-training program be required to complete a year of training in the teaching of reading. That requirement was imposed on the graduating class, which sued the state under the claim that the catalog under which they entered was a "contract." The students lost.
Everest College is nationally accredited and offers a radiology course online.
What the organization would be concerned with is that the degree was taken at a regionally accredited college or university.
Most recognized colleges and universities have a regional accreditation. They will only accept course work from other regionally accredited institutions. Many employers will only recognize degrees completed at a regionally accredited institutions as valid. There is much debate on this subject however, it appears the regional accreditation is stricter in requirements and strictly supervised by the accrediting agency who's area of responsibility the college or university lies. By the way, it is not just some people that think the regionally accredited institutions are better, it's most people. The standards are much more intensive for regionally accredited schools to maintain.
The University of Phoenix has the appropriate regional accreditation. Therefore the course work and degrees are recognized by all other accredited colleges and universities as well as employers.
I am not sure what you are referring to considering how your asking the question. However, when transferring courses to the University of Texas, the courses would have had to have been taken at a regionally accredited college or university. The reasons why some courses may not be transferable include the following. * The course in not equivalent in credits and/or content * Did not achieve the appropriate passing grade * The course does not fit into the specific program of study (major) * Once again, the course was not taken at a regionally accredited institution.
NO , it is accredited by a national accreditation called Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools . Stratford University is NOT regionally accredited. Regional accreditation is considered far more superior in some standards. i.e. credit transferability, rigorousness of course, etc. and is the preferred accreditation by some.
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The school is accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology. While the institution is accredited by this agency, it is not accredited by a regional accreditation agency. Thus, the course work and degree may not be recognized by all other regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as many employers. You are much better off attending a college or university with the regional accreditation.
Sessions.edu is the only nationally accredited fully online school of design. Sessions.edu is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) in Washington, DC and is the first online school licensed by the State of New York Department of Education.
Answer 1: Absolutely! Moreover, if you get it from a "regionally" accredited online high school, it will be every bit as good and acceptable, for all things for which a high school diploma is required, as the high school diploma that any local, traditional, in-classroom-type high school in your community offers.Online high school diplomas, as long as they're from a "regionally" accredited high school -- regardless whether of the in-classroom or online type -- are exactly the same as any other regionally-accredited high school's diploma.Moreover, the better of them are very conscious of how any indication, on the diploma, that it's from an "online" school may not look good to at least somepeople out there... people, sadly, who don't really understand online versus in-classroom educational issues. Additionally, in part because of that, they tend to name themselves traditionally (Ashworth College's "James MadisonHigh School," for example, just to name one, comes to mind), and they don't indicate on the diploma that they're online. Of course, since online is every bit as good as in-classroom, it's technically a moot point; but the schools tend to be, nevertheless, sensitive to it.Pretty much all local, in-classroom-type high schools, run by city and/or county school districts (and even most private ones, such as, for example, those run by the Roman Catholic Church) in the US are "regionally" accredited by one of the six big "regional" accreditors approved by the US Department of Education (USDE). Pretty much all local, community elementary schools (yes, even including the private, Catholic ones) are also "regionally" accredited. And most colleges, universities, trade/tech/career post-secondary schools, seminaries, etc., be the state/publicly owned, or privately owned, are also "regionally" accredited.There is, however, something called "national" accreditation, which is also approved by USDE, as well as by the USDE-sanctioned Council for Higher Education Accrediation (CHEA) at the post-secondary (college) level. And at the post-secondary level, national accreditation isn't necessarily a bad thing; though, that said, anyone considering a nationally-accredited college/university degree should do some research as to how well accepted it will be by employers, by government, and by regionally-accredited (and even other nationally-accredited, come to think of it) schools as requisite for entry into higher-level degree programs. According to CHEA's "Higher Education Transfer Alliance" (HETA) program(see the link to HETA in the "sources and related links" section, below), all schools, whether regionally or nationally accredited are supposed to honor one another's both transfer credits, and finished degrees as requisite for entry into higher-level degree programs. Sadly, though, it doesn't always work as smoothly as that; and so any person considering a nationally-accredited post-secondary educational program should first make sure that it will really and truly be acceptable to employers, or government, or whomever is requiring said education.At the high school (secondary) level, though, there is no question that only a "regionally" accredited high school diploma is of any real value. I'm sorry, you nationally-accredited high schools out there reading this, but I've been doing educational consulting for a long time; and, trust me, only a regionally-accredited (and not a nationally-accredited) high school diploma, of the type that pretty much all local, traditional, in-clasroom high-schools offer) will be universally acceptable to pretty much anyone and everyone that requires a high school diploma for employment or other purposes.So, online high school diploma seekers, be warned: Make sure that any online high school diploma program you consider is not only accredited by an agency approved by USDE; but, also, that the type of USDE-approved accreditation is "regional," and not "national."See the "sources and related links" section, below, for links to the six big "regional" USDE-approved high school accreditors; and then be sure, to check their websites to learn if the online high school diploma program you're considering is, indeed, accredited by at least one of them. Each USDE-approved regional accreditor covers a certain geographic portion of the US. So first figure out in which US state the online high school program is physically located, and then go to the website of the regional accreditor which covers that state and look-up the online high school to make sure that it's really and truly regionally accredited (doing things like matching its address and phone number and website URL to what's on the regional accreditor's website... take nothing for granted!).Remember that good-for-nothing high school diploma mills will lie on their websites, and will claim that they're accredited (when they're not); and some of them will even say they're "regionally" accredited because they know that verifying it is challenging and time-consuming, and they're hoping that they can fool lazy high school diploma seekers.Do not be fooled!Always look it up!And always make sure that it is only a "regionally" (and not a "nationally") accredited online high school that you choose. Again, at the college level, "national" accreditation can be okay, but not at the high school level. At the high school level, only "regional" accreditation will do!Below, in the "sources and related links," I have also added a link to a list of "Free or Cheap" online high schools. Remember that your state may very well have an online public high school so that those who drop-out of regular, in-classroom high school may have an opportunity to circle back and graduate anyway... all without going to class anymore, and having the other students see that you're behind and stuff. Most such state-sponsored, completely regionally-accredited programs are either free, or dirt cheap. Do check your state's public school system or department of education website to see if there is one. The list, linked-to, below, may lead you to that.I've also added links, below, to both Tom Nixon's book, and also his website, about online learning from K-12. I know Tom, and I can tell you that he is the hands-down most expert person there is on online high school and the various programs that are out there. I see, from his website, that he's now expanded to elementary and middle school learning, too. And that's great; but he started-out becoming expert in online learning at the high-school level; and so that's the thing in which he's most expert. Just remember, though: Stick only with "regionally" accredited high schools, no matter what even Tom Nixon says (and I'm sure he'd agree; but I'm just sayin'); and never take anyone's word for it that any school is accredited. Always look it up, and verify it, on the regional accreditors' websites.Tom Nixon's "Best Online High Schools" website (see the link to it in the "sources and related links" section, below)lists the best online high schools in the United States... and he provides them for free, and doesn't make a dime from it. It's sort of the website version of his book. It's probably the only resource you'll need; but, again, only seriously consider online high schools that re "regionally" accredited. Some of what Tom lists are credible and legitimate online high schools (or online high school curriculum, and/or home-schooling sources), but some of them are not accredited. Most are, though; and so you simply must look it up, and verify that it's regionally accredited before signing-up.NOTE: In this article, above, I gave, purely as an example, Ashworth College's regionally-accredited James Madison High School (an online high school), and then, because I referenced that, I added a link to it in the "sources and related links" section, below. I did that not to endorse James Madison (although, as it turns out, it's a pretty good school, but I still wasn't endorsing it); I was just giving it as an example... nothing more.Upon visiting James Madison's website site, just now, I noticed that in addition to its being "regionally" accredited, it has also become accredited in the same manner as its parent Ashworth College, which is "nationally" accredited.In this article, I explained that any online high school must be "regionally" and not "nationally" accredited, else its diploma may not be universally acceptable. And that's still true, but it doesn't mean that James Madison (or any other online high school) should be rejected because it's not only "regionally" accredited, but is also "nationally" accredited. When I wrote that the online high school absolutely must be "regionally" accredited, I simply meant that it should be "at least" that. In other words, as long as the school is at least "regionally" accredited, then it doesn't matter if it's also "nationally" accredited (which, in James Madison High School's case, since it's already "regionally" accredited, is kinda' redundant in the first place).So, then, since I've linked to James Madison, down in the "sources and related links" section, below, I've now also linked, down there, to Ashworth's James Madison's most direct competitor: the also-regionally-accredited Penn Foster College's High School.There are many other regionally accredited online high schools. See the "sources and related links" section, below.
The best approach is by taking the program of study from a regionally accredited college or university. Whether you take the degree on campus or through distance learning is up to you.
There are community colleges that offer medical assisting as a degree program. There are other licensed institutions that offer the program but I would strongly recommend you stay with a regionally accredited college or university.
Yes it is! The school is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools which is the most important accreditation. Therefore the course work and degree programs are recognized as valid by all other accredited colleges and universities, as well as employers.
Answer 1: Yes. It is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which is an accreditor approved by the US Department of Education (USDE) and the USDE-sanctioned Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).However, DETC is a "national" accreditor; whereas most grade schools, high schools and both community and state colleges in most states are all "regionally" accredited. And the regional accreditors have all done, over the years, a pretty good job of convincing both regionally-accredited schools, and employers, that anything but "regional" accreditation is substandard.It matters not that the "national" accreditor DETC is USDE- and CHEA-approved, just exactly the same as any "regional" accreditor. Some regionally-accredited schools, as well as some employers believe that if the school's accreditor is not one of the six "regional" accreditors in the United States, then it's somehow substandard.They're wrong, of course, but that's what they believe.So, then, getting a Penn-Foster College degree will not be an inherently bad thing. However, the first time some regionally-accredited college, or an employer decides not to accept it, and you cannot successfully educate it/him/her that it or s/he's mistaken, you'll wish you had gotten a degree from a "regionally" accredited school instead of Penn-Foster.I, personally, would not be afraid to get a degree from Penn-Foster; but I'm an expert in accreditation, and could convince anyone, in fairly short order, of the wrong-headedness of "regional" accrediation elitism or snobbery. But most people don't have that kind of either skill or chutzpah. So I usually don't recommend getting degrees from "nationally" accredited schools like Penn-Foster, but it's entirely up to you what you do.Penn-Foster, in any case, is legitimate and credible and accredited. That's the answer to your question.
If the courses are accredited.
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You can use the Internet to check if a school is accredited by a legitimate organization at a database of accredited academic institutions, posted by the U.S. Department of Education at www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation. (There are a few legitimate institutions that have not pursued accreditation.) To find out if an accrediting agency is legitimate, check the list of recognized national and regional accrediting agencies maintained by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation at www.chea.org. Accredited colleges and universities in the United States are accredited by regional accreditation associations, such as the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, etc. Although each one of these associations accredits only schools within its region, the credits from a regionally accredited institution are generally recognized by a regionally accredited institution in any other region. For instance, if you earned 30 credits at Boston University and then transferred to the University of Oregon, the U of O would accept your credits, even though the two schools are accredited by different regional associations. Certain programs within the university may be accredited by a national accreditation body specific to that discipline (for instance, the Psychology Degree would be accredited by the APA), but if the entire school claims to be "nationally accredited" I would view it with suspicion. Also, beware of any school that claims to be accredited by the "International Accreditation Agency for Online Universities" or by the "Universal Council for Online Education Accreditation"; neither one of these are recognized accreditation associations. Remember, a diploma mill can easily make up their own bogus accreditation association (with an impressive name, of course) and then grant themselves "full accreditation." It's very easy! There are six regional accrediting agencies that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and CHEA. These agencies accredit entire institutions. Each agency has a searchable database of the schools that it accredits on its website.
It has a regional accreditation which is the most important accreditation a college or university can have. With a regional accreditation you can be assured that the course work and degree you complete will be recognized by all other colleges and universities as well as employers.
Answer 1: Penn-Foster College, unlike its high school, is "nationally" accredited, not "regionally" accredited. Penn-Foster College's accreditor is the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which is approved by the US Department of Education (USDE), and the USDE-sanctioned Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), just the same as is the "regional" accreditor that accredits the elementary, middle and high schools near you; and also all of your state's public, and most of its private colleges and universities."National" accreditation of the type that Penn-Foster College has is just as credible and legitimate as "regional" accreditation. However, the regional accreditors, down through the years, have done a pretty good job of convincing employers that only "regionally" accredited degrees are worth anything. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course......but how do you want to begin your relationship with a new employer? Do you want to spend your time with him/her educating him/her about accreditation; and convincing him/her that s/he got it wrong about "nationally" accredited colleges?Employers who understand accreditation, and who realize that any accreditor is good as long as it's USDE- and/or CHEA-approved, will likely accept the Penn-Foster College degree. So might employers who normally only accept "regionally" accredited college degrees if they either don't know any better, or are willing to make an exception. But if you happen onto an employer who thinks that only "regionally" accredited college degrees are good degrees, then, no, that employer may well not accept a Penn-Foster College degree.I, personally, would have no problem getting a Penn-Foster College degree, and defending it if I had to, because I'm an expert in accreditation and so could easily disabuse any potential employer of his wrongheadedness about "regionally" versus "nationally" accredited schools. But others may or may not have that kind of knowledge and/or skill; so for them, I'm not really sure that I can, in good conscience, recommend any "nationally" accredited degee; and Penn-Foster College is "nationally" accredited.It's a shame, too, because while Penn-Foster may be a little bit too commercialized and a bit like an assembly line, so to speak (much like Ashworth College, which is also DETC-accredited), the fact is that a degree from either Penn-Foster College or Ashworth College would not be in any way bad, or substandard as an education. A person graduating with such credentials will have been more-than-adequately educated at either the associates or bachelor's degree levels. But, alas, a person with a degree from either place -- or from most nationall-accredited colleges, may, at some point in his/her life, find himself/herself either having to defend the degree, or even being eliminated from consideration for a job or other position on account of it.CHEA is trying to education accreditors, schools and employers using a thing called the "Higher Education Transfer Alliance" (HETA). Just Google "chea heta" (yes, with quotes around it, just as you see that I just typed) and then click on the very first link that shows-up on the search results page; and then read the resulting web page on the CHEA website to learn more. Until everyone agrees with what that web page teaches, then it may well be a long time before "nationally" accredited schools and degrees get the respect they deserve.
It doesn't look like it from their website. Only choose a course accredited by CELTA or Trinity TESOL.
Many online education academies such as DeVry and Kaplan College offer a home inspection course online, although many of these are not accredited programs. Penn Foster Career School and Ashworth College both offer a program that is nationally recognized.
Answer 1: Absolutely! Let me explain why...Every single normal, traditional, in-classroom K thru 12 public school in every single local city/county school district in America is accredited by one of the six big "regional" accreditors that are approved by the US Department of Education (USDE). And so, then, every single high school diploma issued by such schools is universally acceptable to absolutely anyone or anything which requires a high school diploma, be it an employer, a college/university, the military, etc.Any "online" programs operated by any of said K-12 schools are also accredited in exactly the same manner. So, then, any either in-classroom or online high school diploma from the kinds of schools described in the preceding paragraph will positively be acceptable to any community college... and pretty much any and all other kinds of post-secondary colleges, universities, seminaries, trade/career schools, too.Sometimes, though, people can't finish normal, traditional, in-classroom high school, for whatever reason. It matters not what is the reason. Some people get kicked-out. Some people quit. Some people... well... again, it matters not the reason. For whatever reason, some people find themselves in life without a high school diploma, and so they want to see if they can get one online.Penn Foster College created its online high school program precisely for such people. However, Penn Foster College is "nationally" (and not "regionally") accredited. Oh, don't worry, "national" accreditation is also approved by USDE; and it's a very, very good kind of accreditation......however, sadly, there is an insensible but decided bias against "national" accreditation in the minds of at least some employers, colleges/universities and even some government agencies. For that reason, even at the college level, it's usually smarter to go with a school that's "regionally" and not "nationally" accredited. I, personally, am not afraid to get a "nationally" accredited college credential, but I'm a higher education consultant and expert, and so I know how to make any employer, college/university or government agency see that "national" accreditation is just as credible and good as "regional" accreditation. But not everyone has my kind of expertise and ability to convince people of things. And so, again, it's really just smarter, even at the college level, to stick with "regionally" accredited schools.However, at the high school level, there is no question that "regional" accreditation is the only choice. A nationally-accredited high school will, of course, be of very high quality... easily on-par with a regionally-accredited one. However, nearly no employer, college/university or government agency will accept a "nationally" accredited high school diploma. That, sadly, is just a fact.Penn Foster understood this, and so even though its college is "nationally" accredited, it made sure that its high school was "regionally" accredited. Oh, it's "nationally" accredited, too, as it turns out; but because it's also "regionally" accredited, one may just ignore its "national" accreditation because its "regional" accreditation trumps its "national" one.And so, then, Penn Foster High School has exactly the same kind of "regional" accreditation as every single normal, traditional, in-classroom public high school in every single local city/county school district in America! And when I say "exactly the same," I mean EXACTLY the same! No difference. At all. Period.And so, then, anyone who gets a Penn Foster High School diploma may turn around and take it to any local community (or any other kind of, for that matter) college, and it will positively be accepted, exactly the same as if its holder had graduated from his/her local, normal, in-classroom, public high school.Penn Foster, though, is not the only school of its type. Penn Foster College's most direct competitor -- Ashworth College -- is also "nationally" accredited, but it, too, understood that it's high school needed to be "regionally" accredited. And so, just like Penn Foster, Ashworth made sure that its "James Madison High School" (JMHS) was "regionally" accredited. Just like Penn Foster High School, James Madison is also "nationally" accredited, but, again, its "regional" accreditation trumps that, and so its "national" accreditation may just be ignored.But, you know, those two are far from the only ones! There are many excellent online high school programs out there... some of them even free. Yes, you read that right! Free! It is not unusual, for example, for a state department of education, or even a local school district, to establish a free online high school for kids who maybe get kicked-out of regular high school; or who maybe drop out, because of work, or maybe even bullying or something. Or maybe the kid's parents homeschooled him/her for most of his/her life, and they want to continue doing that, but they want his/her high school diploma to be from a "regionally" accredited program. Whatever the reason, many either states or local school districts offer online programs; and many of them are free for at least those students who live in said states and/or school districts! So, by all means, check with your local school district, or your state's department of education, and find out if it offers such a program.Usually, though, only kids who are the right age may avail themselves of such programs. What I mean is that many of those programs, described in the preceding paragraph, will only accept a high school student while s/he is still of high school age. Once s/he gets past 18 or so years old (in some systems, it's 21), s/he may usually not enroll in such online alternative systems sponsored by his/her local school district or state department of education.That's where online schools like Penn Foster and/or James Madison come in, though. One may enroll in either them, no matter how old one is! And those two are not the only ones.There's a very nice and smart fellow out there named TOM NIXON who has written two of the most authoritative books about getting a high school diploma by other than the traditional, in-classroom, local, public high school means. And he has a companion website which lists all the online high school programs of which he's aware, and which are legitimate and credible... and he provides that information for free!Notice that I wrote, though, "legitimate and credible," but not "accredited." I wrote that because, yes, most of the online high schools listed on Tom's site are, indeed, accredited; however, a few of them, while very high quality, legitimate and credible, are, nevertheless not accredited. Or maybe they're accredited, but only "nationally" accredited, rather than the much preferred "regionally" accredited. Tom includes all of those on his site.And so, then, when you're looking at Tom's really excellent "Best Online High Schools" website (the link to which I've provided in the "sources and related links" section of this web page, below) make sure that any high school you consider is not only accredited, but that it's "regionally" (and not merely "nationally") accredited. Period. Accept nothing less!Any online high school program that's "regionally" accredited will be acceptable to any community (or any other kind of, for that matter) college. And I mean, in all three cases in that sentence,any!See the "sourses and related links" section, below.
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ANSWER 1: Accreditation is not a "one size fits all" concept. There are different types of accreditation - including regional accreditation and national accreditation. Colleges and universities voluntarily apply to receive their accreditation from different bodies, or different accrediting agencies. The following information outlines why some schools are regionally accredited, while others are nationally accredited, while others may have a "specialized" accreditation.Region Partition:If an online college chooses to apply for regional accreditation, it is evaluated by the regional agency that presides over its home state. These are the only 6 bodies that can award regional accreditation. They are all recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). You can learn more about these regional accrediting agencies, including which schools they accredit, by visiting their individual Web sites.National accreditation is not based on geography. National accreditation was designed to evaluate specific types of schools and colleges. For example, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT) evaluates career schools and technology programs. The Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) accredits colleges that offer distance education.ANSWER 2: The first answer's pretty good. Let me see if I can make some things more clear, though...Accreditation is a means of the government (either directly, or by means of some agency appointed by it) evaluating a school and figuring out if it's doing its job sufficiently well. Accreditation concerns itself with things like whether or not the school's courses are both relevant and rigorous, whether its faculty is sufficiently well-qualified to teach said courses, whether the school is financially sound, how many students it initially registers versus how many fiinally actually graduate (and whether the education they got at the school actually helped them in life), and all that kinda' stuff.In the United States, the government does not directly accredit (as is often the case in other countries). Instead, the US Department of Education (USDE), and the USDE-sanctioned Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), approve accreditors; and it is those accreditors -- those non-governmental, outside agencies -- which actually do all the accrediting.....but, of course, still under the watchful eye of the government in the form of USDE and its appointed, sanctioned, blessed agency, CHEA.The reason there are two agencies (USDE and CHEA) which are allowed to approve accreditors is a little complicated. Though it's an incomplete explanation, it's probably fair to say that USDE's interest in accreditation has traditionally be more along the lines of determining whether a given school is sufficiently good that it's okay for federal funds to be spent on it... either directly, in aid to the school, or, more specifically, as financial aid to the school's students. Most specifically, the USDE worried about the "G.I. Bill" funding the educations of former World War II veterans. USDE simply wanted to verify, via accreditation, that no federal G.I. Bill funds would be wasted on unworthy schools. Of course, USDE's interest in school quality, today, goes far beyond that......hence its creation of the USDE-sanctioned and blessed CHEA (er... well... actually, there have been previous agencies which have finally all come together as what we know, today, as CHEA; but I'm not gonna' get into all that here). CHEA concerns itself more with the specific manner in which the quality of the education is achieved. It's an oversimplification, but one could almost think of it as that USDE cares more about whether or not federal funds are wasted on lousy schools, and CHEA cares more about how to make schools better, and to ensure that they actually are really good schools via the accreditation function.It's important to understand, though, that accreditation is actually a minimal standard. It concerns itself not so much with how good a school either is or could be, but, rather, how bad it is simply not allowed to be and still call itself "accredited." That's an important distinction. Both Harvard and Yale are "regionally" accredited in exactly the same manner as one's local community college; yet no one, with a straight face, would ever argue that one's local community college is on par with the likes of Havard or Yale. So, then, to be clear, accreditation simply ensures that a school is minimally good; that it meets certain dead minimum quality standards. How much better than such minimal standards the school might actually be is another matter... one with which accreditation does not concern itself.The reason things are that way -- in other words, the reason accreditation only ensure minimal standards -- is, in part, so that credits earned at one accredited school will be more likely transferable to another accredited school; and/or so that the finished degree from one accredited school will be acceptable to another accredited school as requisite for entry into one of its higher-level degree programs. There are other reasons for accreditation (which will be discussed in a moment), but those two are really huge ones. Keep them in mind as you read, herein, further down, about how some accredited schools refuse to accept the transfer crediits, or the finished degrees, of other accredited schools. It can all get very weird and political... sadly.Most accreditors approved by USDE are also approved by CHEA; however, there are a tiny handful of accreditors which are approved by USDE, but not also by CHEA, and vice versa. All of the USDE- and/or CHEA-approved accreditors, though, are good, tough, no-nonsense accreditors which all ensure that the schools they accredit are good, sound, rigorous, well-run, well-staffed, and financially-sound. All of them!The "all of them" point is so strongly made, here, because the sad truth is that some in academia believe that certain accreditors are good, and that all others are not-so-good... maybe even downright bad. And the ones they believe are good tend to be the "regional" accreditors. All others, they believe and espouse -- including "national" accreditors -- are nowhere near as good as the six "regional" accreditors in the US. They're wrong, of course, but that's their claim."Regional" accreditation is the kind of which most Americans have heard because it's so common. All public elementary, middle and high schools; and all public state colleges and universities, are "regionally" accredited. That, then, is the biggest reason why it's so commonly known; and so, then, why pretty much everyone has heard of at least "regional" accreditation. Some even think that "regional" accreditation is the only kind of accreditation; and so they mistakenly use the terms "accreditation" and "regional accreditation" interchangeably... synonymously... as if there were no difference; as if there were no other kind of USDE- and/or CHEA-approved accreditation out there.There are six "regional" USDE- and CHEA-approved accreditors in the US, each of which accredits schools only in the roughly one-sixth of the US states assigned to it. That's why they're called "regional" (and not "national") accreditors. They're sometimes referred to by academia as the "big six regional" accreditors; or sometimes just "the big six.""Regional" accreditors are "general" accreditors. They accredit all aspects of all kinds of schools... again, from elementary level right up through colleges and universities (and seminaries, and trade schools, and poly-technical colleges, etc.). And they're really good at it, and they're the biggest ones who generally accredit the most schools in the US.There are also "programmatic" accreditors... that is, USDE- and/or CHEA-approved accrediting agencies which accredit only certain kinds of educational programs: in things like business administration, nursing, accounting, law, engineering, etc. Many regionally-accredited schools also have certain of their programs "programmatically" accredited by smaller, specialist accreditors; and since such specialist programmatic accreditors are allowed to accredit in any of the 50 US states, they're considered "national" accreditors. Most "regional" accreditors don't have any issues with the kinds of "national" accreditors that are "programmatic" in nature because they only accredit programs, and not entire schools. Most regionallly-accredited schools want their specialist programs "programmaticallly" accredited. A regionally-accredited college or university which also has a law school will also want said law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), which, in addition to being a national membership and support organization for lawyers, is also one of the USDE- and CHEA-approved "programmatic" accreditors. And, of course, as explained higher-up in this paragraph, all "programmatic" accreditors, because they accredit nationally, are also "national" accreditors; and so the ABA is not only a "programmatic" accreditor, but it is also a "national" accreditor.However, there are also "national" accreditors which compete, in effect, with "regional" accreditors because they accredit entire schools, not merely programs within them. This upsets the "regional" accreditors, and so, consequently, many of said "regional" accreditors have long sort of almost discriminated against schools (and their programs, and their students) which are "nationally" accredited by these smaller-and-effectively-competing accreditors.Most "national" accreditors of this type -- which can accredit entire schools, just like "regional" accreditors, and so are seen by some "regional" accreditors as competitors -- tend to specialize in accrediting only certain types of schools, such as religious schools, for example; or career-related schools; or distance-learning-only schools... stuff like that.There are, in fact, three (3) types of "national" accreditors:1) Faith-related "national" accreditors2) Career-related "national" accreditors3) Programmatic "national" accreditorsThe last one accredits only programs within an otherwise separately and generally accredited (usually "regionallY' accredited) school, and so is not a threat to the "regional" accreditors. The first two, though, despite their being specialist at least in terms of the types of schools they accredit, are nevertheless able to accredit entire schools, just like "regional" accreditors; and so "regional" accreditors are often threatened by them.Because these "national" accreditors so specialize, though, one would think that the "regional" accreditors wouldn't feel so threatened. But, alas, they are......and the sad evidentiary result usually comes in the form of a "regionally" accredited school refusing to accept the transfer credits (or the finished degree as requisite for entry into a higher-level degree program) of a "nationally" accredited school.In other words, the "regionally" accredited school says to the transfer credit applicant something along the lines of this: "It's good that your school, where you earned the credits that you're now asking us to accept in transfer, is "nationally" accredited by an agency approved by USDE and CHEA, just like us. However, our standards, as a "regionally" accredited school, are higher than "national" accreditation standards. Therefore, as hard as you worked at your nationally-accredited school, and even though its accreditation is USDE- and CHEA-approved, just like our "regional" accreditation, we are, nevertheless, turning-up our noses at your transfer credits, and will not accept them."Of course, most "regionally" acrredited schools would never actually word it like that; but that's, in essence, the message.This, of course, makes the student applicant to the "regionally" accredited school (whose "nationally" accredited transfer credits just got rejected) hopping mad! And many complaints, then, have been registered with both USDE and CHEA over it, resulting in CHEA's "Higher Education Transfer Alliance" (HETA) program...http://www.chea.org/heta...which attempts to re-educate smug and arrogant "regionally" accredited schools, and convince them to treat "nationally" accredited credits and degrees just the same as if they were "regionally" accredited. And it's beginning to work. More and more "regionally" accredited schools are finally beginning to accept many -- some of them even most, or even all -- "nationally" accredited transfer credits and finished degrees in one form or another of transfer. So, that's nice.However, the elitism and arrogance on the part of many "regionally" accredited schools -- especially those like Harvard or Yale which are far better than accreditation's minimal standards ensure -- continues.For that reason -- and this is important -- anyone contemplating getting a degree (or accumulating coursework) at a "nationally" accredited school needs to do so with his/her eyes wide open. Unless the coursework or degree is "programmatically" accredited -- in other words, if it's "nationally" accredited by a career- or faith-based accreditor -- then one should make certain that said coursework or degree will, indeed, be transferable into whatever "regionally" accredited program one has in mind for later!And there's yet another problem: Some employers will not accept degrees that are "nationally" accredited. Some employers insist that its job applicants' degrees be only from "regionally" accredited schools. It's awful, but it's a fact. And wishing it weren't won't change it. CHEA's HETA is doing its best to educate employers, too, but that is a much slower and less-effective process.So, then, BE CAREFUL before you enroll in a "nationally" accredited school. Do your homework. Figure out if the credits your earn will be transferable to any "regionally" accredited schools you might want to enter someday in the future. And/or, be certain that your "nationally" accredited degree would be acceptable to the "regionally" accredited school you have in mind for the future, as requsite for entry into said "regionally" accredited school's higher-level degree programs! DO YOUR HOMEWORK beforeenrolling in the "nationally" accredited school!Shame, of course, on the "regionally" accredited schools (and the "regional" accreditors, too) for all these years of brainwashing they've been doing to convince the world that "regional" accreditation is the only accreditation that's actually worth anything! They've done a terrific job of misleading the world, and the sad result is that really excellent "nationally" accredited schools are sometimes thought of as sub-standard when, in fact, they are not.When it really starts to hurt people is when "regional" accreditation is preferred over "national" accreditation in statutory law. For example, there are several places in California statutory law where a college degree is required in order for someone to perform a certain state-regulated task, or do a certain state-regulated job; and said degree, according to the statute, must be from a "regionally" accredited college or university. Sometimes the "regional" specification is literal, and other times the specification is by reference to the "regional" accreditor that covers California: The Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC). But, in practice, either specifying that the degree need by from a "regionally" accredited school, or specifying that the school be accredited by the "regional" accreditor WASC, are both treated as equivalent for purposes of ensuring that certain tasks or jobs are, statutorily, only performed by people with college degrees.A specific example: In California, one may become a licensed real estate "broker" either by being a licensed real estate "salesperson" for a certain number of years, after which s/he may finally take the "broker's exam" and become a broker......or, alternatively, the broker applicant is allowed to go ahead and take the broker's exam right away, without having to have gotten a few years of licensed "salesperson" experience, if said applicant has a bachelors degree. And California's Real Estate law specifically says that said bachelors degree must be from a school accredited by WASC (which, in practice, means the school may be accredited by any of the six big "regional" accreditors).Those with bachelors degrees from "nationally" accredited schools are treated by that law as though they have no bachelors degree at all; and so they must first do a few years as a licensed real estate "salesperson" before they are finally allowed to sit for the "brokers" exam, just exactly the same as if they had no degree at all.Of course, the California Real Estate Board has some discretion, and could, if it wanted to, accept even "nationally" accredited bachelors degrees as requisite for sitting for the "brokers" exam. But, so far, it has not so done. And so, then, those with bachelors degrees from "nationally" accredited schools whose accreditors are USDE- and/or CHEA-approved in exactly the same manner as "regionally" accredited schools, are disciminated against.So, then, I repeat: DO YOUR HOMEWORK beforeenrolling in a "nationally" accredited (unless, of course, it's "programmatically" accredited) school. If the "nationally" accredited degree will suit your purposes.... if it will help you to get what you want in life, then, fine... get it. But if there's any chance that you'd need to get a "regionally" accredited school to recognize it (to get a higher-level degree... maybe a law degree, for example), or a state licensing agency to recognize it, or an employer to recognize it, then by all means go verify those things first. Otherwise, just stick with the "regionally" accredited school, just to play it safe. And you cannot imagine how much it pains me that that's the case.I know it was a long answer, but it's a disservice to the degree seeker to not fully explain how it all works, else there's always the chance that said degree seeker will be misled, and will sign-up for a "nationally" accredited degree without his/her eyes being wide open about it.In closing, another critically important piece of advice to keep the degree-seker from being ripped-off by a degree/diploma mill, along the way: Always, always, always look-up any school in which you're thinking of enrolling in either or both of the USDE and/or CHEA databases...USDE DATABASE - http://ope.ed.gov/accreditationCHEA DATABASE - http://www.chea.org/search...and verify that the school really is accredited. Never take the school's word for it. Always look it up yourself; and if the school's not in at least one of those two databases, then it's almost certainly not actually accredited... no matter what it claims. Only if the school has been so recently accredited that the people who manage those two databases have not yet had time to enter it might it actually be accredited, but not in one or both of those databases. Visiting the actual accreditor's website, though, will reveal if it's actually accredited. Find out who is its accreditor, but do not visit the accreditor's website from a link give to you by the school. Rather, find the accreditor's website's URL from its listing on either or both of the USDE and/or CHEA websites's lists of accreditors...USDE ACCREDITORS - http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Agencies.aspxCHEA ACCREDITORS - http://chea.org/Directories/index.asp...and visit the accreditor's website using only that URL. Once there, see if the school is listed. If it's not, then maybe it's been so recently accredited that even the accreditor hasn't had a chance, yet, to put it on its site. If so, then emailing or calling the accreditor will settle the matter in a hurry. Always do that sort of thing to verify any school's claim of accreditation. Never believe the school. Degree/diploma mills lie, and they also do things like creating fake accreditors with names that confusingly similar to the names of real accreditors, and then they create impressive-looking websites for them. If you don't know what you're doing, you'll be fooled. Verifying everything on the USDE and/or CHEA websites is your hedge against the mills.And remember to always look-up the school in both databases, if necessary. In other words, if the school's not in one database, don't assume it's not accredited until and unless you find that it's not in the other database, either. Remember that a tiny handful of accreditors are approved by USDE, but not CHEA, and vice versa; and so at least a few schools are going to be in one database, but not the other. So always check the second database if the school's not in the first.Finally, stay away from unaccredited degrees, if possible. Oh, sure, there are special circumstances wherein an unaccredited credential might get you what you want in life... particularly if it's a religious degree, for example, that will get you ordained as clergy in a certain national church, if that's your interest. But, by and large unaccredited degrees just aren't worth it. The unaccredited school's credits will almost certainly not transfer to any other school... accredited or otherwise. Similarly, its finished degrees will almost certainly not be acceptable as requisite for a higher-level degree at any other school... accredited or otherwise. Virtually no employer will accept it. Virtually no state professional licensing agency will accept it. And there are an increasing number of states which have made it actually illegal -- a criminal offense in a couple of them -- to put an unaccredited degree on a resume, business card, letterhead, advertisement, etc.That said, there are, believe it or not, unaccredited schools which are nevertheless state-approved for certain purposes, the degrees from which may be used for state professional licensing. California is notorious for having a few of those, but so are a few other states... Tennessee, Massachusetts, and others. In California, for example, there are unaccredited psychology schools which have nevertheless been approved by the state psychology licensing board, and so their unaccredited degrees are requisite for state Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) licensure, or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure, or even licensed psychologist licensure. There are also some California law schools which are unaccredited, but nevertheless approved by the Committee of Bar Examiners, and so a person who graduates from one of them may sit for the California Bar Exam and ultimately become a lawyer. So not every unaccredited degree is worthless. Most of them, though, are. So always avoid them unless there's a darned good reason not to.Answer 3:I like first Answer...If any school or college give the importance to the area and regions then it called regionally accredited and if any school or college target students on national level then it called nationally accredited.
First, CDA can mean many things to include Certified Dental Assistant, Child Development Associate, etc. When asking a question that uses an acronym or abbreviation, spell out the intended field or organization first, then place the abbreviation after. For, example, certified dental assistant (CDA). In this way the readers know exactly what you are referring to. As far as the application of credits, it depends on where you completed the course work, are they college level courses taken at an accredited school, or continuing education units (CSU)? What institution do you plan to move them to; an accredited college or university or some private independent institution? Typically, credits transferred to a regionally accredited institution, would have had to of been taken at another regionally accredited institution. So, as you can see there are many ands, ifs and buts. Check with the school of interest and inquire about their transfer credit policy.