Is the national private schools accreditation alliance recognized by the US Dept of Education?
No. It's a private accrediting agency for private schools such as chartered schools, christian schools, bible colleges, bible institutes, christian colleges and universities. Private schools are not required and most have no desire to seek government accreditation. NPSAA is premier accrediting for private schools.
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To begin with, "national" accreditation versus "regional" accreditation has nothing to do with comparing national versus state (or any other kind of) apples and/or oranges. It also has nothing to do with geography, or who "monitors" what, or what "region" a given accreditor covers; and "regionally" …accredited schools are not either better or worse than "nationally" accredited schools simply on account of such things. It also has nothing to do with where one intends to work, whether in or out of one's "region," whatever that even means in this context. It also has nothing to do with whether the school in question is "elite" or not; and, yes, there is a difference between "national" and "regional" accreditation, at least in the ignorant minds of many. Pretty much most of every previous answer, here, then, is flat-out wrong. It should be illegal, in my opinion, for answers in a place like this to be so reckless and misleading. Shame on the lot of them for that. The first and most important thing to understand is that as long as whatever kind of accreditation it is -- be it "regional" or "national" -- is approved by either or both of the US Department of Education (USDE), and/or the USDE-sanctioned Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), then it's all approximately equally credible. Yes, there are practical difference which should not be ignored, and I'll cover them all, here. However, believe me, both regional and national accreditors, as is required of them by USDE and/or CHEA, are painstakingly rigorous in their assessments of their accredited schools. There are six big both USDE- and CHEA-approved "regional" accreditors, each covering only certain of -- approximately one-sixth of -- the 50 US states. In other words, they accredit only schools in the one-sixth of the 50 US states that are in their respective USDE-assigned regions. Some "regional" accreditors also cover parts of non-US countries, though it's mostly just the 50 US states with which they concern themselves. "Accreditation" in most non-US countries can be quite different from how we do it here, in the US, so most US "regional" accreditors tend not to want to stick their toes into non-US accreditation waters... ...though, that said, some are intentionally expanding to try to do just that. For our purposes, here, though, let's just stick with the US. The "regional" accreditors came first. At the higher-education (post-secondary) level, the USDE established them, originally, mostly just to ensure that any school -- college, university, seminary, or even post-secondary technical and/or trade/career school -- had sufficiently high academic and administrative standards, and financial soundness, that post-war "GI Bill" money spent by the government to educate veterans would not be wasted. It, at least in the beginning, was really as simple as that. Soon, thereafter, the USDE also became additionally concerned about ensuring that schools on which government grant and/or loan money was spent -- be it money given directly to schools, or to students -- were credible, in the same ways that it wanted to ensure that GI Bill money was only spent on credible schools. So, then, at least at first, that's mostly all that at least USDE-approved accreditation was about: ensuring that government money spent on schools was only spent on academically and administratively and financially sound ones. However, in very short order, USDE-approved "regional" accreditation became about a whole lot more than just that; it became a way to ensure that all schools, at all levels, were academically rigorous/credible and financially sound, for all kinds of reasons which, ultimately, inure to society's benefit. On the purely academic side of things, the USDE-sanctioned organizations that were the forerunners of today's CHEA, and now CHEA, today, have always been more about pure educational quality -- academic rigor, financial soundeness, and new and creative educational methods -- than has traditionally been the USDE... though the USDE now cares about all aspects of things, too, and not merely protecting GI Bill, or grant, or student loan money from less-than-credible schools. Both USDE and CHEA, now, care about the whole package. IMPORTANT NOTE: It is USDE and/or CHEA -- and those two entities, along, in the US -- which approve accreditors. No accreditor which isn't approved by either or both of USDE and/or CHEA may legitimately call itself an educational accreditor; and most so-called accreditors which are not approved by at least one or the other of USDE and/or CHEA are not really accreditors at all; they are, in fact, usually, just fake or bogus accreditors... so-called "accreditation mills." Remember that fake, bogus, unaccredited schools -- degree and diploma mills -- are very sophsticated, and will not hesitate to create a fake/bogus accreditor and impressive-looking website, and then claim that they are accredited by said fake/bogus accreditor. Some of those both fake school and fake accreditor websites can look very professional and sophisticated; and some of the names of the fake/bogus accreditors are sometimes created to sound intentionally confusingly similar to the names of real, USDE- and/or CHEA-approved accreditors. So be careful! For example, there once was a fake/bogus so-called "accreditor" which called itself "DETC," and which used the .NET version of the real DETC's .ORG domain name. However, DETC, as the rightful owner of that name, used the courts, and the WIPO domain name hearing system, to get that fake DETC's domain name away from it, and to also get its website and operation shut down. Until that happened, though, many degree seekers were misled and ripped-off. Today, though, all common versions of DETC's domain name (the .COM, and the .NET) point toward the real DETC's .ORG website. Were that that were the only example, out there, of such shenanigans, that I could cite. There are many! Stay away from any school which claims bogus or fake accreditation from an "accreditation mill" (defined as a fake or bogus accreditor which is not either or both of USDE- and/or CHEA-approved). Only schools which have been accredited by agencies approved by either or both of USDE and/or CHEA are legitimate and truly accredited. Down in the "sources and related links" section of this page, beneath these answers, I have added links to the official lists of both USDE- and CHEA-approved accreditors on the USDE and CHEA websites. Stay away from any school which claims alleged accreditation by any so-called "accreditor" which isn't on at least one of those lists! The only possible exception is an accreditor that's just getting started, and so it must operate for a few years, and show the USDE and/or CHEA that it's legitimate and credible so that it can finally be approved by either or both of USDE and/or CHEA. Such new accreditors would, of course, for at least their first few years of existence, not be USDE- and/or CHEA-approved, even though they're completely credible and operating pursuant to USDE and/or CHEA standards. However, the really credible of such new accreditation start-ups usually have a provable relationship with USDE and/or CHEA; and most of them so respect what the word "accreditation" means, in an educational context, that they won't actually refer to what they do as "accreditation" until they're finally USDE and/or CHEA approved. Until then, they'll tend to call what they do "approval" or "certification," in anticipation of later "accreditation" once they're USDE- and/or CHEA-approved; and the schools which pay them oney for such approval or certification look forward to when the accreditor is finally USDE- and/or CHEA-approved so that their "approval" or "certification" can be turned into real "accreditation." Fortunately, new, start-up accreditors, unlike new, start-up schools, are quite rare. They so rarely happen, in fact, that it's fairly safe to say, just generally, as a rule of thumb, that if the accreditor is not USDE- and/or CHEA-approved, then it's most likely a fake, bogus, "accreditation mill;" and so should be stayed away from, at all costs! Rely only on the lists of real accreditors, as found listed on the USDE and/or CHEA websites, to which I link the reader in the "sources and related links" section, below. . The reason that each "regional" accreditor covers only roughly one-sixth of the US states is not because of any differences in what happens in the regions or anything like that. They did it that way simply because one-sixth of the nation is about all that any one "regional" accreditor can handle. Remember that they handle accreditation for K-12, and all types of post-secondary schools. That's a lot... and so the task was divided-up, by USDE, into six geographical regions. It's as simple as that. Moreover, each region's standards are approximately identical. A "regionally" accredited school in one region is going to have the same academic and financial standards as any other "regionally" accredited school in any other region; and their respective credits in transfer, or lower-level degrees as requisite for entry into higher-level degree programs, will all be equally respected and acceptable, as "regionally" accredited, regardless in which region they're either earned or proffered. Additionally, in what USDE region a person obtains his/her degree has nothing, whatsoever, to do with where s/he will or won't either work, or be allowed to work, or anything like that. The answerer, here, who suggested otherwise was just making stuff up... just guessing, based, obviously, on what about it all seemed to make sense to him/her. Again, such as that is shameful in a place like this where readers may be so easily misled. Whether or not a school is elite also has nothing whatsoever to do with anything. It's important to remember that accreditation, regardless of type, is a minimal standard: the standard of both academic, administrative and financial quality below which the school in question may simply never sink and still have its credits worthy of transfer to other schools; or its finished degrees worthy of being requisite for entry into higher-level degree programs at said other schools. Accreditation is not an "optimal" standard... something to which schools aspire as evidence of how good they are. Rather, accreditation is a "minimal" standard which evidences how bad that the school in question simply cannot be; the standard below which it simply may not sink, no matter what. That simple thing about educational accreditation is critically important for the reader to understand! The proof of that accreditation is only a minimal, and not optimal, standard is easy to show, to wit: Both Harvard and Yale (or Princeton, or whatever top US schools one chooses) have exactly the same kind of "regional" accreditation, with the exact same academic standards, as one's local two-year community college. And, believe me, and no one who hasn't fallen on his/her head too many times in life would ever suggest that anyone's local community college is on-par with the likes of Harvard or Yale. So let's just get the whole, silly "elite" schools business, and what that may or may not mean for what kind of accreditation they have, off the table. The answerer, here, who suggested that that made any difference was also wrong... and irresponsible, to boot! "National" accreditors came about, in the main, because there began to be a need for specialized accreditation, in addition to the more generalize "regional" accreditation. A need for accreditors that focused on just certain aspects of higher education, or on certain subject areas/professions, or on certain kinds of post-secondary schooling, or on certain specific course delivery modalities, was identified. And so "national" accreditors (with the word "national" having nothing to do with geography) were created; and both USDE and CHEA ended-up approving most of them. Some "national" accreditors are approved by USDE, but not CHEA, and vice versa, for a variety of reasons, an example of which I'll herein cover. Keep reading. For example: A a course delivery modality -- distance learning -- which everyone agreed deserved its own "national" accreditor, spawned the both USDE- and CHEA-approved national accreditor "Distance Education and Training Counsel" (DETC). All of its accredited schools offer their courses and degrees, in a wide variety of both academic and professional/career areas, primarily via one means or another of distance learning... ranging from old-fashioned correspondence, or by videotape and/or DVD through the US Mail; to online learning of all manners and types using sometimes old-fashioned and sometimes bleeding-edge computer technologies; and pretty much any and all other "distance learning" modalities and types that there are out there. Yes, many "regionally" accredited schools now also offer all manner of distance learning; and their "regional" accreditation adequately covers that. But DETC was created to help schools that offer pretty much nothing but distance learning to have a way to be academically, administratively and financially credible in the same manner as is evidenced by "regional" accreditation... ...though -- and this is important -- for a much lower cost. It costs a lot of money -- an outrageous amount, in my opinion -- for any school to become "regionally" accredited. "Regional" accreditors, in fact, use that, in my professional opinion, as an intentional barrier to entry for small and start-up schools. I do a lot of writing of both local ordinances and state laws as part of my consulting, and I've learned, the hard way, through Court rulings and their concomitant case law, that government may not use inordinately high license application fees to be an effective barrier to a citizen's being able to obtain a license as long as s/he meets all other reasonable and justifiable licensure requirements. Someone, I've long said, should sue the "regional" accreditors for doing effectively the same thing, just as cities and counties which tried to impede business licensure of undesirable businesses got sued... and lost! I believe that the regional accreditors which gouge applicants with outrageous fees would also lose. I've just not, so far, convinced any small school to step-up and be the test case. Pity. But, alas, now I digress. Sorry. The "national" accreditor DETC exists, in largest measure, so that smaller schools which specialize in the distance learning modality, and so tend to not earn the kind of money that would allow them to become "regionally" accredited, may nevertheless become accredited by a USDE- and/or CHEA-approved agency; and thereby become just as credible as any "regionally" accredited school... at least in theory. Though those in academia who prefer "regional" accreditation over "national" accreditation will disagree (though usually based on nothing more than their personal bias), "national" accreditors like DETC have standards which are just as academically, administratively, and financially rigorous as any "regional" accreditor. DETC is, in fact, among the best of the "national" accreditors, and so is most likely, among them, to be on-par in pretty much every way with pretty much any "regional" accreditor. And, to their chagrin, all the "regional" accreditors' wishing otherwise won't change that. The notion that "national" accreditors are somehow inherently sub-standard to "regional" ones is little more than "regional" accreditor propaganda. I discuss this more further down herein. Other "national" accreditors specialize in subject areas, or professions. For example, the USDE- and/or CHEA-approved accreditors which specialize in accrediting engineering degree programs, or accounting degree programs, or law schools, or dental schools, or nursing schools, etc.... ...they're all "national" accreditors. And some of their accreditations are so important to their respective professions that most state government professional licensing agencies -- such as nursing boards, for example; or boards which offer Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licenses; or law licenses; or psychologist licenses, etc. -- will not accept a degree as requisite for sitting for their exams which are not accredited by their respective professions' USDE- and/or CHEA-approved "national" programmatic accreditors. Said boards usually also require that said degrees be generally "regionally" accredited, too. But profession-specific, programmatic "national" accreditation is usually also required by state professional licensing boards. Similarly, many professions, though not governmentaly licensed, maintain certain self-iimposed standards with regard to how the degrees of those in said professions are "nationally" accredited. For example, though many "regionally" accredited (and even nationally, DETC-for-example-accredited) schools offer Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees, it's very difficult for an MBA-holder to get a serious job in, for example, one of the big national banks or Wall Street firms unless his/her MBA is also "nationally" accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). It's not that the MBA degree holder can't get a good job even if his/her MBA is not AACSB-accredited; however, it's simply true that at the highest levels of employment where an MBA is the dead-minimum educational requirement, said MBA's AACSB accreditation -- in addition to its school's likely also "regional" accreditation -- is essential. Same thing in the world of religion: The big "national" USDE- and CHEA-approved accreditor of mainline denominational seminaries and schools of theology and divinity is the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). Pretty much anyone with a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree who plans to be clergy in one of the mainline denominations (Roman Catholicism, the big/main Episcopal denomination in the US, the big/main Presbyterian denomination in the US, the three main/big Lutheran denominations in the US, the big/main Methodist denomination in the US, etc.), had better have gotten said MDiv from an ATS-accredited seminary, even if said seminary was also "regionally" or even "nationally" accredited by some other means, or s/he will likely not be allowed to become clergy in any of those mainline denominations. Or, if s/he ultimately would be, then it would likely only be after s/he spent at least a few months -- maybe a semester or two -- in said denomination's official ATS-accredited seminary. There are also career/trade/tech-school "national" accreditors: accreditors which specialize in helping career, trade and technical schools and colleges maintain high academic, administrative and financial standards, despite that said schools tend to want to just teach the kinds of non-academic courses that will best prepare their students for the hands-on work and career for which they're training. Such schools train, hands-on, for things like automobile or motorcycle repair, dental or medical assisting, medical billing, becoming a journeyman electrician, becoming one of the lower-level (non-RN) types of nurses (an LPN or LVN), etc. These career/trade/tech school "national" accreditors tend to be the most controversial (and some say they've given "national" accreditation a bad name) because they really do only require the dead minimum amount of true academic rigor from their accredited schools as is minimally necessary so that as many as possible of said schools' courses may be devoted to the hands-on caeer training part. Such academically minimal standards drive nuts those in legitimate academia at "regionally" (and even some "nationally") accredited schools because they value real and serious academic rigor, and not all this non-academic and hands-on career training coursework that trade/career/tech schools offer. They, in their bias, want all degrees to consist, primarily, of only academically rigorous courses in the sciences, in the arts and humanities, etc. And so that, in the main, is how "national" accreditation started to get a bad name among academicians... ...usually academicians who haven't bothered to realize that it is only the trade/career/tech post-secondary schools which offer the dead minimum of true academic rigor that's necessary for their degrees to still be worthy of USDE- and/or CHEA-approved accreditation. All other "national" accreditors have pretty much the same standards with regard to academic rigor as any "regional" accreditor. The "national" accreditors just charge less money! And so, yes, it's true that some "national" career/trade/tech school accreditors have comparatively less academically rigorous standards, generally speaking. However, that's only for their accredited schools' non-academic courses. The general education courses that such schools teach which are the same as what "regionally" accredited schools teach -- things like English Composition, College Algebra, etc. -- are exactly the same, in terms of academic rigor, as what "regionally" accredited schools teach. And said "nationally" accredited career/tech/trade schools must nevertheless be as administratively and financially sound as any "regionally" accredited school. Even their hands-on, career-training courses must still meet the same kinds of basic standards as any "regionally" accredited school in terms of the number of clock hours, both in the classroom, and doing homework, which must be invested by the student in order to earn three (3) semester credit hours of credit for a given course. So, then, even the often maligned career/trade/tech school accreditor, Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), is given a bad rap by those in "regionally" accredited academia, simply because it allows less-academically-rigorous (but nevertheless stll mathematically worthy of three semester credit hours of college-level credit) hands-on, career training courses, alongside the legitimately academic courses it also requires of its schools. That said, it really is possible for a USDE-approved "national" accreditor to be fairly objectively bad. The career/trade/tech school accreditor, Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is not very good... ...so much so, in fact, that USDE approves it as an accreditor, but CHEA won't have anything to do with it. And rightly so. In my educational consulting experience, I've observed that ACCSC's standards, just generally speaking, border on objectively sub-par. And so, then, any school accredited by it tends to have a fairly poor reputation. ACICS, on the other hand, is a head-and-shoulders better "national" career/trade/tech school accreditor than is ACCSC... hence the reason that both USDE and CHEA approve ACICS, but only USDE approves ACCSC. And I could go on and on with other examples; but, hopefully, what I've herein provided about "national" accreditors helps the reader to really and truly understand them, as oppsed to "regional" ones. "Regional" accreditation, though, remains the preferred, "go to" kind of accreditation. Here's why... "Regional accreditation" is a term that most people use interchangeably with the word "accreditation." For them, "regional" accreditation is the only kind they know or have ever heard of, and so when they say "regional accreditation," they really just mean "accreditation." For them, it can be surprising to learn that there's any other kind. That's, in part, because every public elementary school, middle school and high school across the nation is "regionally" accredited... most private ones, too. Also, virtually every both public and private college, university, seminary, and even some career/trade/tech school(s) in most US states are "regionally" accredited. There is no question, then, that "regional" accreditation is the "big dog" on the block when it comes to accreditation, just generally. "Regional" accreditation is thought of, by many in academia as the "gold standard" of accreditation. Many employers -- including both those who don't know there's any other kind, as well as those who do, but who see "regional" as an inherently superior kind -- agree. And -- and this is key -- most "regionally" accredited colleges and universities see "regional" accreditation as the only kind worth having; the only kind that's any good; the only kind that anyone need bother with or respect. Sadly, that's an arrogance mostly proffered and maintained by the "regional" accreditors, and their brainwashed "regionally accredited" schools. And the reason, in the main, is that "regionally" accredited schools wand everyone to only attend them, and to ignore the "nationally" accredited schools... for largely financial reasons, of course. Consequently, if an applicant for admission at a "regionally" accredited school presents with a "nationally" accredited degree (or transfer credits) and offers same as requisite for entry into a higher-level (or any, for that matter) degree at said "regionally" accredited school, then it's quite possible (though, gratefully, becoming less and less so, with every passing year, because of the HETA program, described in the next paragraph) that said applicant's "nationally" accredited degree (or transfer credits) will likely be summarily rejected as requisite for entry into the higher-level (or any, for that matter) "regionally" accredited degree program. Not all "regionally" accredited schools are so arrogant, but many still are. CHEA sees that as a huge problem, and so it launched, a few years ago, its "Higher Education Transfer Alliance" (HETA) program (see the link to it in the "sources and related links" section, below) to educate schools about the credibility of all accreditation, as long as it's USDE- and/or CHEA-approved; and to encourage all schools, be they "regionally" or "nationally" accredited, to respect one another's accreditation, and to allow either "regionally" or "nationally" accredited credits to equally transfer between either "regionally" or "nationally" accredited schools; and/or to allow either "regionally" or "nationally" accredited lower-level degrees to be equally acceptable at both "regionally" and "nationally" accredited schools as requisite for entry into higher-level degree programs. Sadly, while that all works nicely on paper, the cold, harsh reality is that "regional" accreditation tends to be the coin of the realm with most employers, with much of government, and especially among the "regionally" accredited schools out there. For many of them, the HETA program means little or nothing. For many of them, if the degree isn't "regionally" accredited, then it's not really worth anything. They're wrong, of course, but since they're the ones, ignorant or not, who decide whether a person with a degree will or won't be hired, or will or won't be allowed to obtain professional licensure, or will or won't be admitted to a "regionally" accredited degree program, then what they believe matters, like it or not. For that reason, even though "nationally" accrredited schools and their degrees are every bit as academically rigorous and valid and impressive as most "regionally" accredited ones, I always advise degree seekers to be painfully aware of the regional-is-better-than-national bias out there. It's always better to just play it safe and go to the the "regionally" accredited school, and get its "regionally" accredited degree. Only if the "nationally" accredited school and its degree will positively serve the degree-seeker's ultimate career or vocational or educational enlightenment needs should said "nationally" accredited school and its degree be chosen over the "regionally" accredited one. It's a pity -- actually, it borders on criminal, in my personal opinion -- that that's how things are in the real world, but it is what it is; and all my wishing in the world won't change that. All I can do is try to educate people, like I'm herein doing, as to the real truth of it all, and than hope that sometime in the not too distant future the goals of CHEA's HETA program are finally met; and that all schools, as long as their accreditation is either or both of USDE- and/or CHEA-approved, will treat one another equally; and also that all employers, and government professional licensing agencies, will do the same. In the meantime, though, yes, there is a difference between "national" and "regional" accreditation; and it's important for those who deign to proffer reasons why, in places like this, to bother to get it right. The first answerers, here, did not so bother... and so degree-seekers gott misled. Shame, again, on them. There are really two "bottom lines" for degree-seekers. The first is to ensure that whatever school one attends is accredited by a USDE- and/or CHEA-approved agency. The second is to ensure that a "regionally" accredited school and degree is chosen, unless there's a compelling reason to go with "national" accreditation. And I say, again, that it's a pity that that's the way things are! Determining that a given school is accredited by either or both of a USDE- and/or CHEA-approved agency is as simple as taking literally only 30 seconds to look-up the school in either or both of the USDE and/or CHEA online databases, on their respective websites. I've provided the links to said databases down in the "sources and related links" section, beneath these answers, on this webpage. If any school that one is considering attending isn't listed in one or the other (or both) of those USDE and/or CHEA databases, then said school is not accredited, no matter what it claims... ...and don't forget that degree/diploma mills will shameless claim that they're accredited, even when nothing could be further from the truth. They'll argue it, in fact, to the death. Don't believe them, though. If the school isn't listed in either or both of the USDE and/or CHEA databases of accredited schools, then said school is not accredited. Period. Simple as that. Believe and act on nothing else! All that said, yes, it's actually possible for a completely good and legitimate school to not be listed in either the USDE and/or CHEA database if said school is a brand new start-up. All new schools must operate for a few years, and graduate a certain number of students, before they may apply for USDE- and/or CHEA-approved accreditation... be it "regional" or "national" accreditation. And so, yes, brand new schools will not be listed in either the USDE or CHEA databases for the first few yeas of their operation, yet they're usually not rip-off degree/diploma mills. The problem, though, with daring to enroll in such unaccredited, but nevertheless credible new schools is that if they don't become accredited before the student finally graduates, then said student ends-up with an unaccredited degree, for life, even if the school from which s/he earned it later becomes accredited. Whether or not a degree is accredited is determined by whether or not the school that awarded it was accredited at the time said degree was awarded. That's why, also, some people have accredited degrees, even though the school from which they earned it somehow subsequently lost its accreditation. Again, whethher or not a given degree is accreditated depends, entirely, on whether or not the school from which it was earned was accredited at the moment the finished degree was awarded. And having an unaccredited degree, even from a school which, subsequent to said degree's awarding, become accredited, is not good. I'm not saying that all unaccredited schools and degrees are worthless. As my examples, below, illustrate, nothing could be further from the truth. However, there are some very serious lifetime downsides to getting an unaccredited degree, as I'll explain in a moment. So important is it that even a brand new school should be considered suspect if it does not, as soon as it is finally able, apply for either "national" or "regional" accreditation. I've always hounded, for example, Rockbridge Seminary for that. It's a perfectly credible seminary (though way too both theologically and socio-politically conservative for at least my tastes); however, once it had been in business long enough, and had graduated enough students that it could finally apply for accreditation, it did not; and it continued to operate for way too long, in my opinion, as an unaccredited school. This began to make it a bit suspect, in my mind. Lots of new schools start-out with good intentions, and claim that they'll be seeking accreditation as soon as they're able, yet they never do. And they become less and less credible, over time, in part because of it... ...until they're finally offering nothing but worthless credentials, and become little more than a degree/diploma mill. The nefarious Trinity Bible College and Seminary, in Newburgh, Indiana, is a classic examplee of that. And, sadly, such patterns are especially true with religious schools. That, just so the reader knows, is because religious schools, in many states, are very easy to start-up because said states have language in their higher education regulation laws which specifically exempt from said regulation any and all religious colleges, universities and seminaries. Therefore, many new religious schools start-up which are under-funded, poorly run, and so never really have a chance, despite their original good intentions, of becoming accredited, even after they've been in business long enough, and have graduated enough students. Sadly, though, there's another, more nefarious reason why religious schools often have less-than-laudible histories, and that's because the very religious exemption I cited in the previous paragraph is often seen by degree/diploma mill operators as a convenience legal loophole which they then use to start-up religious schools, and then claim the state law exemption so they may operate with impunity. Most states, though, have finally figured that out, and so said loophole is now finally closed in most of them. Still, it has given religious schools -- which one would think, just categorically, would be honest -- a bad name in many academic circles. In any case, getting back to Rockbridge Seminary: I see that, as of this writing, it is finally an official candidate for DETC accreditation. Good! I'm sure it will get it. Again, I'm not wild about its conservatism, but Rockbridge is a nevertheless good seminary. I wish it luck, then, getting accredited. But now I digress, again. Sorry, again. There actually are situations in which an unaccredited school's degree could still be useful. California, for example, has unaccredited schools which are nevertheless approved by various state professional licensing agencies such that even the unaccredited degrees from them will nevertheless qualify their holders to sit for professional state licensing exams, and to ultimately become professionally state licensed if said exams are passed. For example, California has several unaccredited colleges/universities that are nevertheless approved by the state's various psychological professions licensing boards; and which offer degrees in psychology and counseling which, when accompanied by several hundred or even thousand hours of practica, will qualify their holders to sit for such as the "Marriage and Family Therapist" (MFT), or the "Licensed Clinical Social Worker" (LCSW), or even the "licensed psychologist" exams; and then to become state licensed in those professions upon passing same. Or, another example: California's Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) approves several both night-and-weekend and in-classroom, as well as even entirely online law schools which are nevertheless not accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), like pretty much all other law schools in the country. However, the graduates of these CBE-approved, but not ABA-accredited night-and-weekend and/or online law schools may, if they meet/satisfy all other requirements, nevertheless sit for California's Bar Exam and, if passed, to be admitted to the bar, and become licensed attorneys at law. Moreover, the bar card in the pockets of said lawyers are the exact same color, and say the exact same thing on them, as those in the pockets of graduates from the more-impressive, ABA-accredited law schools; and said lawyers from CBE-approved, but not ABA-accredited law schools may practice in all the same courts of law, in all the same areas and ways, as lawyers who graduated from ABA-accredited law schools. In fact, if they take the additional CBE-offered/approved specialist courses, they may even be listed, alongside any other lawyer, in the state's legal specialist directores. So, then, it's not that an unaccredited, but nevertheless objectively and provably credible college/university can have no value. It can, indeed. But even an objectively and provably credible school's credits will likely not transfer to even a "nationally" (and especially to a "regionally") accredited school; nor, likely, will the unaccredited school's finished degrees be acceptable to either "nationally" or "regionally" accredited schools as requisite for entry into their higher-level degree programs. I'm not saying it never happens, but I'm just saying that it's highely unlikely. There are always interesting exceptions (though usually only for demonstrably exceptional people... as is true in much of life). In the case of the CBE-approved, but not ABA-accredited California law schools, only around half (actually, a bit less) of the other 50 US states will allow their graduates to ever sit for their respective state Bar exams, and then to practice law in said states. Most US states require that their licensed attorneys-at-law be graduates of ABA-accredited law schools. And even among the less than half of the 50 US states that will ultimately allow graduates of CBE-approved, but not ABA-accredited law schools to sit for their Bar exams, most require that said graduates have first practiced law in California for several (usually 7, give or take, depending on the state) years before s/he may ever sit for said other state's Bar exam. Only Wisconsin, it turns out, will allow a California CBE-approved, but not ABA-accredited law school graduate to sit for its state Bar exam more or less immediately after graduation; but even then, Wisconsin requires that said graduate pass the California Bar Exam, first, and then be admitted to its Bar first (but not to have actually practiced law, there), before it will then allow him/her to sit for the Wisconsin Bar Exam and become admitted there, too. All other states which allow those with Calfornia CBE-approved, but not also ABA-accredited law degrees to eventually sit for their respective Bar exams require admission to California's bar, and then a few years of law practice in California, first. A couple or three other US states have similar situations: that is, unaccredited, but nevertheless state-approved law schools which qualify their graduates to sit for their respective states' bar exams, and then, if passed, to become licensed to practice law in said states. Let me think... I believe Tennessee is one... then... um... oh, yeah, Massachusetts... and then... wait... there's at least one more. Oh, well, I can't remember, and don't want to bother to look it up; but my point is that California's not alone in at least that sort of unaccredited, but nevertheless objectively and provably credible schools thing. But I still wouldn't recommend ever fiddling with an unaccredited school if it can be avoided. Accreditation really matters. Messing around with unaccredited schools, even if they're provably and objectively credible, is, generally speaking, a big waste of time. Yes, they can be useful in certain circumstances, some examples of which I've just provided. However, why even fiddle with it? It, in the end, is usually just not worth it. Always stick, then, with an accredited school; with "accredited" meaning only by an agency that's either or both of USDE- and/or CHEA-approved. Beyond that, whether the school is "nationally" or "regionally" accredited, and which one should choose, depends on what the degree-seeker is ultimately trying to accomplish. Yes, "nationally" accredited schools are often less expensive than "regionally" accredited schools tend to me... sometimes considerably so, as one previous answerer correctly mentioned. And so, if one's finances are severely limited, then a "nationally" accredited school may be one's only choice. However -- and this is important -- it's not that difficult to find very affordable "regionally" accredited schools. There are enough of them out there, in fact, that money, alone, should pretty much never be the reason that one chooses a "nationally" accredited school over a "regionally" accredited one. And since many of the most affordable "regionally" accredited schools know that they will be, because of their low costs, attractive to students from across the nation or even around the world, most of them have potent distance learning programs through which even out-of-state (or even out-of-country) students could save a ton of money on even "regionally" accredited coursework! So, then, cost, alone, should never force anyone to get a "nationally" accredited degree if one would really and truly prefer a "regionally" accredited one. In the end, because of academia's (and most employers', and most of government's) bias against "nationally" accredited schools in favor of "regionally" accredited ones -- no matter how irrational and unfair; and despite what CHEA's HETA is trying to accomplish -- it's generally safer and better for the degree-seeker to attend a "regionally" accredited school if at all possible. I, personally, just hate that that's the way things are; but other than helping people to understand it all, as I'm herein doing, there's not really very much I can do to change any of it. Oh, sure, occasionally I'm retained, as a consultant, to represent a degree-seeker who has a "nationally" accredited bachelors degree, for example, who's attempting to use it as requisite for entry into a "regionally" accredited masters degree program, but is having said "nationally" accredited bachelors degree summarily rejected. And so I will sit down with the "regionally" accredited school's registrar and admissions department and educate it/them about the realities of "national" versus "regional" accreditation; and I'm usually able, ultimately, to disabuse the "regionally" accredited school of its anti-"national"-accreditation bias. However, it's an uphill battle, and I don't always win. Some "regionally" accredited schools are intransigent about their insensible biases, and that's the long and short of it. Still, when I win, it's nice because from that day forward, the "regionally" accredited school tends to be more open-minded, and to comply, intentionally or not, with the goals CHEA's HETA program... heck, some of them even join it, and then advertise it! And that's very cool. In that sense, then, I suppose I'm changing things, one school at a time. But that's not the kind of change, nor the speed with which it should happen, that higher education truly needs. Finally, regarding "national" versus "regional" accreditation at the high school level: Always, always, always, no matter what, make sure that your high school diploma is "regionally" accredited. I'm sorry, DETC and the other "national" accreditors which accredit high school programs, but that is the best advice I can give. Enough "regionally" accredited colleges/universities won't accept a "nationally" accredited high school diploma that it's just not worth messing around with one. Even the "nationally" accredited colleges which also offer high school programs know this; and so they've all made sure that even if their college degrees are only "nationally" accredited, at least their high school diplomas are, impressively, "regionally" accredited. For example, the two big players in "nationally" accredited career and business (and other) certificates, diplomas and degrees -- Penn Foster College, and Ashworth College -- both offer only "regionally" accredited high school diplomas, even though their post-secondary college certificates, diplomas and degrees are "nationally" accredited by DETC. They understand that a "nationally" accredited high school diploma has almost no usefulness in the real world, and so they don't even dare offer one. Kudos to them, for that. The two of them may be pejoratively known as the sort of "Wal-Mart of higher education" because they offer their DETC-accredited degree courses almost as if they were blister-packed and hanging on a retail store gondola, but they at least know better than to mess around with anything but "regionally" accredited high school diplomas. My hat's off to 'em for that... ...and the reader, here, should take a lesson from it: Only a "regionally" accredited high school diploma is worth having; and one should only dare get a "nationally" accredited (instead of a "regionally" accredited) degree if one completely understands what one is getting into, and how a "nationally" (instead of a "regionally") accredited degree might ultimately hurt one. As long as one's eyes are wide open about it, then, fine. But just make sure that that is, in fact, the case. Only if the school and/or its degree is professional and/or programmatically specialized in some way, and so also requires a programmatic "national" accreditation of some kind, in addition to its general overall "regional" accreditation, so that said degree will be credible in whatever is its profession or industry, should it be pursued. So, then, that should, once and for all, pretty much clear-up the whole business about "national" versus "regional" accreditation. Bottom line: Stick with "regional," unless you've really done your homework and have determined that "national" will served you just as well. And even then, because of the insensible bias out there in the world, try to stick with "regional," regardless, just to play it safe. One never knows, as one ages, how one's career might change; and if one gets a "nationally" accredited degree because it's fine for one kind of career early in life, one might later find, if one changes careers, that said "nationally" accredited degree might actually hurt one. So, to play it safe, much as I hate to recommend it, stick with "regional" accreditation at every possible opportunity. It's just safer. ( Full Answer )
Would a University accept a high school diploma earned through an regionally and nationally accredited on-line distance learning program such as Education Direct?
Avoid Fake-Degree Burns By Researching Academic Credentials . If you're a hiring manager or human resources professional, chances are you review applications and resumes from people who want to work for your organization or who want to be promoted. Some applicants may list credentials - like a ba…chelor's, master's, or doctoral degree, or a professional certification - that sound credible, but in fact, were not earned through a legitimate course of study at an accredited institution. Federal officials caution that some people are buying phony credentials from "diploma mills" - companies that sell "degrees" or certificates on the Internet without requiring the buyer to do anything more than pay a fee. Most diploma mills charge a flat fee, require little course work, if any, and award a degree based solely on "work or life experience." According to officials from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Education, and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) bogus credentials can compromise your credibility - and your organization's. You could place an unqualified person in a position of responsibility, leaving your organization liable if the employee's actions harm someone. You could hire a person who is dishonest in other ways, exposing your organization and colleagues to potential damage. And if the bogus degrees are brought to light, you risk embarrassment. The agencies have teamed up, putting new tools in place to help you weed out bogus academic credentials and insure the integrity of your hiring process.. Tell-tale Signs of a Bogus Degree . Although it's not always easy to tell if academic credentials are from an accredited institution, the federal officials say there are clues to help you spot questionable credentials on a resume or application. Look for:. Out of Sequence Degrees. When you review education claims, you expect to see degrees earned in a traditional progression - high school, followed by bachelor's, master's, and doctoral or other advanced degrees. If an applicant claims a master's or doctoral degree, but no bachelor's degree - or if the applicant claims a college degree, but no high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) diploma, consider it a red flag, and a likely sign of a diploma mill. . Quickie Degrees. It generally takes time to earn a college or advanced degree - three to four years for an undergraduate degree, one or two years for a master's degree, and even longer to earn a doctorate. A degree earned in a very short time, or several degrees listed for the same year, are warning signs for the hiring official or the person doing the preliminary screening. . Degrees From Schools in Locations Different From the Applicant's Job or Home. If the applicant worked full-time while attending school, check the locations of the job and the educational institution. If the applicant didn't live where he went to school, check to see if the degree is from an accredited distance learning institution, using the steps described under 'Checking Out Academic Credentials.' If the degree is not from a legitimate, accredited distance learning institution, it may be from a diploma mill. . Sound-Alike Names. Some diploma mills use names that sound or look like those of well-known colleges or universities. If the institution has a name similar to a well-known school, but is located in a different state, check on it. Should you come across a degree from an institution with a prestigious-sounding foreign name, that calls for some homework, too. Researching the legitimacy of foreign schools can be a challenge, but consider it a warning sign if an applicant claims a degree from a country where she never lived. . Checking Out Academic Credentials . Federal officials recommend that you always check academic credentials, even when the school they're from is well-known. Some applicants may falsify information about their academic backgrounds rather than about their work history, possibly because employers are less likely to check with schools for verification or to require academic transcripts. Here's how to verify academic credentials: . Contact the school. Most college registrars will confirm dates of attendance and graduation, as well as degrees awarded and majors, upon request. If the applicant gives permission, they may provide a certified academic transcript. If you aren't familiar with the school, don't stop your research just because someone answers your questions on the phone or responds with a letter. Some diploma mills offer a "verification service" that will send a phony transcript to a prospective employer who calls. . Research the school on the Internet. Check to see if the school is accredited by a recognized agency. Colleges and universities accredited by legitimate agencies generally undergo a rigorous review of the quality of their educational programs. If a school has been accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency, it's probably legitimate. Many diploma mills claim to be "accredited," but the accreditation is from a bogus, but official-sounding, agency they invented. You can use the Internet to check if a school is accredited by a legitimate organization at a new 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. Look at the school's website. Although it is prudent to check out the school on the Internet, it's not always easy to pick out a diploma mill based on a quick scan of its site. Some diploma mills have slick websites, and a "dot-edu" Web address doesn't guarantee legitimacy. Nevertheless, the website can be a source of information. Indeed, federal officials say it's probably a diploma mill if: . tuition is charged on a per-degree basis, rather than per credit, course, or semester . there are few or unspecified degree requirements, or none at all . the emphasis is on degrees for work or life experience, and . the school is relatively new, or has recently changed its name. Check other resources. There is no comprehensive list of diploma mills on the Web because new phony credentialing sources arise all the time. However, the Oregon Student Assistance Commission's Office of Degree Authorization maintains a list of organizations it has identified as diploma mills at www.osac.state.or.us/oda. Another way to check up on a school is to call the registrar of a local college or university and ask if it would accept transfer credits from the school you are researching. . Ask the applicant for proof of the degree and the school's accreditation. If you don't get satisfactory answers from the school itself and the accreditation sites on the Web, ask the applicant for proof of the degree, including a certified transcipt, and the school's accreditation. Ultimately, it's up to the applicant to show that he earned his credentials from a legitimate institution. . OPM oversees the federal work force and provides the American public with up-to-date employment information. OPM also supports U.S. agencies with personnel services and policy leadership including staffing tools, guidance on labor-management relations and programs to improve work force performance.. The U S. Department of Education establishes federal policy and administers and coordinates most federal assistance to education. It assists the president in executing his education policies for the nation and in implementing laws enacted by Congress. The Department's mission is to serve America's students-to ensure that all have equal access to education and to promote excellence in our nation's schools.. For More Information . The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair practices in the marketplace and to provide information to businesses to help them comply with the law. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.. ( Full Answer )
I'm gonna go with No . Let me explain that, in some detail. (By the way, there was an earlier answer that said yes. I suspect it was posted by a shill for the school, and you'll see why I think that as the explanation proceeds.) Most people think that accredited means accredited, that there i…s some government body that decides whether schools are accredited or not. This is not, in fact, the case. Schools are accredited by accreditation agencies. There are lots of these, and some of them are more reputable than others. Basically, you shouldn't just look to see if the school is accredited, you should look to see who it's accredited by. Ideally, what you'd like to find is that yes, the school is accredited by an accreditation agency which is itself recognized by the US Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. There are six regional accrediting bodies that are so recognized, and a handful of additional ones that are not specific to a particular region. Most state-run colleges and universities will be accredted by their regional accrediting body; some private colleges may be accredited by one of the other recognized accrediting agencies... and then there are those that are "accredited" by, essentially, "Joe's Fly-By-Night Accreditation Service", whose motto is "If your check clears, you're accredited." Generally speaking, schools that are really accredited by a recognized agency are justifiably quite proud of it and make a point of letting you know which one it is, so that you can then go check them out to make sure that they are, in fact, recognized and feel confident that the degree you get there will be regarded as legitimate by employers, other schools, and so forth. Cosmopolitan? Not so much. In fact, from their website: "Although we cannot guarantee that our degrees will be accepted" ... does this SOUND like something a legitimately accredited school would say? I do want to make one thing clear: I am not saying that any non-accredited school, or school whose accreditation does not trace back to USDOE or CHEA, is necessarily a scam or that the education provided there is worthless, especially if you're getting vocational training rather than a degree. It is, however, a factor to consider in your personal evaluation as to whether a particular school will help you meet your goals or merely give you an expensive piece of paper that employers and other schools will not accept. . ( Full Answer )
For colleges and universities within the United States and its territories, you can obtain this information by clicking on the related links section (College Board) indicated at the bottom of this answer section and using the College Board site College MatchMaker search engine. You can research coll…eges and universities by name, or by programs of study, or by geographical location, size, or combinations of part or all of them. The site will provide you with a list of institutions based on your request. It will give you the schools background, accreditation, degree offerings, programs of study (majors), entrance requirements, tuition and fees, financial assistance, room and board, athletic programs, school activities, etc., and a link to each institutions official web page . Practice navigating this site. It will be well worth the time and effort. WARNING!!! When choosing a college or university within the United States, make sure the institution has a regional accreditation. With a regional accreditation you can be assured the coursework and degree you complete will be recognized by all other colleges and universities as well as employers. Below I have listed the six regional accrediting agencies and their geographical areas of responsibility. I am disclosing the below so you do not become a victim of educational scams, institutions that are nothing more than diploma mills, or that do not have the best accreditation, and are eager to take your money for a degree that is worthless. Make sure the institution is accredited by one of following responsible agencies. Regional Accreditation Agencies Â· Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, as well as schools for American children in Europe, North Africa , and the Middle East. Â· New England Association of Schools and Colleges - Educational institutions in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont). Â· North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Â· Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities - Postsecondary institutions (colleges and universities) in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Â· Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Educational institutions in California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Micronesia, Palau, and Northern Marianas Islands. Â· Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas. ( Full Answer )
I think that online education is great. As long as the school you choose is accredited, virtual schools can have a lot of benefits. There are a few things that you should consider when choosing an online school. 1. Accreditation. Is the program accredited by a reputable agency? For more informa…tion on accreditation, you can visit this website- 2. Affiliation. Which schools and organizations have partnered with them? How do they help students get to the next level of education? 3. Affordability. How much does a credit cost? Does the school offer financial assistance? 4. Curriculum. Do they offer a comprehensive diploma program? How many courses are offered? 5. Flexibility. Are these classes available 24/7? How often can new students begin classes? 6. Instructors. Are courses taught by licensed teachers? How do students interact with teachers? Do students have access to professional help/utoring resources 24/7? ( Full Answer )
Private schooling is general thought of as being the most ideal setting for a student to gain higher education. However there have been some studies to show that public school students perform almost equally to those who have attended a private school. The studies where done based on achievement t…ests in math, reading, science, and history.. As far as the advantages, well that will come down to the specific private school you are looking at because if it isn't offering exceptional differences and achievements, you are probably better off attending a public school. ( Full Answer )
I wish I knew trying to figure it out as well. I absolutely love U.S. Career Institute. They are accredited, a member of BBB and the courses are excellent. I elected to take a degree program and am very happy with the instructors, the material, the help, etc. If you have a question, you can email …an instructor or call the help line. I'm glad that I went this route instead of a non-accredited school. ( Full Answer )
Locate the website for the schools accrediting body which is listed by the us Department of Education as a nationally reconized accrediditng agency?
The United States Department of Education recognizes six accrediting bodies. One of them is the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Yes, PHU is recognized and accredited by Many universities in different parts of the World. It is a regionally recognized university, very flexible and it can ensure access to higher education by everyone. Please go and register.
I can tell you that regionally accredited colleges and universities will not accept coursework taken at institutions that do not have a regional accreditation. I can tell you that regionally accredited colleges and universities will not accept coursework taken at institutions that do not have a reg…ional accreditation. I can tell you that regionally accredited colleges and universities will not accept coursework taken at institutions that do not have a regional accreditation. I can tell you that regionally accredited colleges and universities will not accept coursework taken at institutions that do not have a regional accreditation. I can tell you that regionally accredited colleges and universities will not accept coursework taken at institutions that do not have a regional accreditation. I can tell you that regionally accredited colleges and universities will not accept coursework taken at institutions that do not have a regional accreditation. ( Full Answer )
Are the International Accreditation Agency for Online Universities and Universal Council for Online Education Accreditation recognized accreditation agencies?
Both of these institutions are crooked fronts utilized by diploma mills as window dressing to scam you out of your hard earned cash for a worthless degree that no one will ever accept as a legit credential. There is NO shortcut to obtaining a degree that will be accepted save by burning the midnig…ht oil and attending/using a school accredited by someone on THIS list in the Related Link below. ( Full Answer )
Is Phoenix State University bodyguard and security consultant program accredited by the US Dept of Education?
There does not appear to be a university under the name, Phoenix State University. If you are referring to the University of phoenix, or Phoenix University, both institutions have the preferred regional accreditation and are fine. If the university you are referring to is some type of private instit…ution, then that is another issue. ( Full Answer )
yes it is, because I got my high school deploma from them and I am attending Everest University and they accepted the deploma. At my college they only accept certain private schools and this was one of them!
Yes, Keystone National High School is a nationally and regionally accredited according to he Distance Education and Training Council (DETC.org) a non-profit [501 c 6] educational association located in Washington, DC
Accreditation in America is voluntary. The US Gov does not get involved, u can operate fine at the state level.. http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/accreditation_pg2.html#U.S
Sadly, employers usually do not pay much attention to the accreditation status of a school. Lorenz is an accredited online school and generally, employers prefer graduates from accredited high schools. However, in many cases, there are schools with absolutely no accreditation and employers easily ac…cept their academic credentials. For example, academic credentials from European schools are actually not accredited in the United States. Similarly, other schools also accept accredited high school diplomas. -------------------------- Generally accredited online schools are considered legitimate. There are lots of online schools offering programs to students from all over the world. Not all of these schools are accredited by regional accreditation organizations, this does not mean that they will not recognized. Accreditation is a peer review system it is not license or government issued permit. U.S. Dept. of education does not provide accreditation services. CHEA itself is an accreditation agency of accreditation agencies. ---------------------------------------- Lorenz High School claims to be accredited by the ACTDE and IAAFOE, both of which are fake and unrecognized according to the Council of Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. See the Related Link and Related Question below for more information. Personally, I would recommend you stay away from institutions like this. Whenever you choose a high school, college, or university, make sure the school has a regional accreditation. This is critical! Below are the six regional accrediting agencies and their geographical areas of responsibility. Regional Accreditation Agencies Â· Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, as well as schools for American children in Europe, North Africa , and the Middle East. Â· New England Association of Schools and Colleges - Educational institutions in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont). Â· North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Â· Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities - Postsecondary institutions (colleges and universities) in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Â· Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Educational institutions in California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Micronesia, Palau, and Northern Marianas Islands. Â· Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas. Lorenz High School claims accreditation by 1) Accreditation Council for Distance Education (ACTDE) and 2) International Accreditation Association for Online Education (IAAFOE) both of which are unrecognized and fake agencies according to the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education (see the Related Link below) and you're advised to proceed with caution if dealing with them. ( Full Answer )
Yes, Ashford University has the preferred regional accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is a College Board member. Therefore, the coursework and degree you complete through this university will be recognized by all other colleges and universities as well as empl…oyers.. For the source and more detailed information concerning your request, click on the related links section (College Board) indicated at the bottom of this answer box. ( Full Answer )
Accreditation: Corllins university is accredited by APT EC an accrediting body with no association with ODA or United States department of education. Actually, it is bogus accreditation. " NONE of these accrediting agencies are recognized as college accreditors in the U.S. by the Council on Higher …Education Accreditation or the U.S. Department of Education. As such, colleges claiming "accreditation" by these agencies are not widely accepted as valid providers of higher education online and should be approached with great caution if online college credibility is important to you." ( Full Answer )
Yes it is. Ashford University has the preferred regional accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schoolsand and is a College Board member. Therefore, the coursework and degree you complete will be recognized by all other colleges and universities as well as employers.
The US Department of Education, CHEA, DETC, and The BBB provide information on actual accreditations. The true answer is no, it is in no way a legitimate college and just creates $400 pieces of paper. This article focuses on how bogus "The National Accreditation Agency" is in the Related Link below.… ( Full Answer )
It's more than important, it's critical. The preferred accreditation for colleges and universities within the United States and its territories is the regional accreditation. With a regional accreditation, the student can be assured the coursework and degree he/she completes will be recognized by al…l other colleges and universities as well as employers. Below I have listed the six regional accrediting agencies and their geographical areas of responsibility. There is one exception to this rule: certain licensed professions require a specialized course of study which does not lead to a degree (one example of such a profession would be real estate broker). In this case, accreditation is irrelevant; what matters is that the school has been approved by the state agency or department which issues the licenses. . Regional Accreditation Agencies. Â· Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, as well as schools for American children in Europe, North Africa , and the Middle East.. Â· New England Association of Schools and Colleges - Educational institutions in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont).. Â· North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.. Â· Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities - Postsecondary institutions (colleges and universities) in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.. Â· Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Educational institutions in California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Micronesia, Palau, and Northern Marianas Islands.. Â· Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas. ( Full Answer )
YES! If you go to an unaccreadited school businesses will not know if you posses the knowledge to work for them.
Accrediting commission of career school and colleges technology ACCSCT regional or national accreditation?
It's neither. When choosing a college or university within the United States, make sure the institution has a regional accreditation. With a regional accreditation you can be assured the coursework and degree you complete will be recognized by all other colleges and universities as well as employers…. ( Full Answer )
It depends on the school, the level, and the specific accreditation. If a school has a regional accreditation, then it should be recognized by all other schools regardless of state. If another type, then it may not be recognized.
Ashford University Clinton, Iowa Asford University has the preferred regional accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and College Board member. Therefore, the degree and coursework completed through this institution will be recognized by all other colleges and univer…sities as well as employers. For the source and more detailed information concerning your request, click on the related links section (College Board) indicated directly below this answer section. ( Full Answer )
Marylhurst University Marylhurst, Oregon Marylhurst University has the preferred regionally accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. Therefore, the coursework and degree completed through this institution will be recognized by all other colleges and universities as well as e…mployers. When choosing a college or university, always make sure the school has a regional accreditation. The standards for a regional accreditation are higher than those for a nationally accredited institution. If the school does not have a regional accredited, it could present some problems for you in the future in terms of furthering your education (credits will not be transferable to regionally accredited colleges and universities), and will present some problems with many employers. For the source and more detailed information concerning your request, click on the related links section (College Board) indicated directly below this answer section. ( Full Answer )
No, Broward College has the preferred regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a College Board member. The regional accrediting agencies have higher standards than the national accreditation. Therefore, the coursework and degree you complete through Broward… will be recognized by all other colleges and universities as well as employers. When you seek a college or university, make sure the institution has a regional accreditation. For the source and more detailed information concerning your request, click on the related links section (College Board) indicated directly below this answer section. ( Full Answer )
Most online universities are accredited and recognized by the council of higher education and also the US Dept of Education.
The US Department of Education, CHEA, DETC, and The BBB provide information on actual accreditations. The true answer is no, it is in no way a legitimate college and just creates $400 pieces of paper. This article focuses on how bogus "The National Accreditation Agency" is in the Related Link below.… ( Full Answer )
Yes they are. Ashford University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This means that they are recognized as an accredited school anywhere in the country.
Answer 1: So far, I've only found one accredited school, Ashworth Career School, offers college prep diploma program and general high school diploma program. . Answer 2: There are many accredited online high schools in the US. Ashworth's "James Madison High School" is but one! Ashworth Col…lege's direct competitor -- Penn Foster College -- also operates a high school; and it, too, is accredited.. To be clear, "accredited," at the high school level, means accredited by an agency approved by the US Department of Education (USDE). But there's a caveat.... USDE approves two kinds of accreditors:. 1) National accreditors. 2) Regional accreditors. The six big USDE-approved "regional" accreditors are the ones that most people have heard about. Heck, some people don't even know that there's any other kind of accreditation. In fact, some people who know any better use the term "regionally accredited" or "regional accreditation" to mean just plain "accredited" or "accreditation." And that's because, again, they don't even realize that there's anything else; so they just use the two terms synonymously.. However, among at least some of those who know anything at all about accreditation, there is a decided -- albeit insensible -- prejudice against schools that are "nationally" (rather than "regionally") accredited. This is true at both the high school (secondary) and college (post-secondary) levels; but it is especially true at the high school level!. While a "nationally" accredited college, university, seminary or trade/career college's diploma may or may not be acceptable to employers, other colleges, or even governmental agencies.... ...there is no question that a diploma from an only-"nationally" accredited high school will not be acceptable to most employers, most colleges/universities, and most governmental agencies which require a high school diploma for whatever reason.. With most employers, colleges/universites, and governmental agencies which require a high school diploma for whatever reason, only one from a "regionally" accredited high school will do. Period.. Again, both "national" and "regional" accreditation is, at the high school level, USDE approved; and at the college level, it's both USDE approved, and also approved by the USDE-sanctioned Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)! However, "national" accreditation, for whatever reason, seems not to be as accepted as "regional" accreditation. While it's arguable at the college level, though, it's positively true at the high school level.. And so, then, whatever high school you choose, please make sure that it's at least "regionally" accredited, and not only "nationally" accredited. It can be both -- and that's okay because the "regional" accreditation trumps the "national" one -- but it must be at least "regionally" accredited if it's a high school. Please do not ignore that advice!. Ashworth's James Madison High School is both "nationally" and "regionally" accredited; so that's perfect! . Ashworth's career school, and its college are only "nationally" accredited; and while I believe that that's also perfect, there are, again, many employers, colleges/universities, and governmental agencies who disagree. So even at the college level, it make be safer to just stick with "regionally" accredited schools.. Ashworth's most direct competitor -- Penn Foster College -- is in exactly the same situation: Its career programs and its college are "nationally" accredited; but it's high school is both "nationally" and "regionally" accredited.. See the "sources and related links" section, below, to see a link I've placed there to CHEA's "Higher Education Transfer Alliance" (HETA) web page which argues that all accreditation -- both national and regional -- should be equally respected; and which encourages all employers, colleges/universities, and government agencies to equally accept both nationally and regionally accredited academic credentials.. Ashworth and Penn Foster, though, are far from the only accredited online high schools in the US. There's nice fellow out there named TOM NIXON who has written the two definitive books on acquiring a high school diploma by other than traditional means; and he has a companion website on which he lists -- available to anyone, for free -- the US's best online high schools! . There are many of them from which to choose! Some are expensive, some are inexpensive, and some are even free! That's right: FREE. Some state departments of education, and/or local school districts, have launched online high school programs for students who live in their states or districts so that those who get kicked-out of high school, or who quit, may circle back and still graduate by enrolling in the online program; and some of those programs are free! Do check with your state department of education, and/or your local city/county school district to see if such a program exists.. Whatever online high school in which you enroll, however, must be "regionally" accredited. Do not believe anyone who tells you otherwise! And be careful and and sure, even on Tom Nixon's excellent " Best Online High Schools " website, that any online high school you consider is "regionally" (and not "nationally") accredited. Do not accept any other kind of accreditation! . See the "sources and related links," below. . ( Full Answer )
The Department of Education does not accredit educational institutions. However, the U.S. Department of Education does recognize accrediting bodies for the accreditation of institutions of higher (postsecondary) education. Grantham University's accrediting agency, the Distance Education and Training… Council (DETC), is recognized by the Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. ( Full Answer )
Nation high school is an online school. The thing you need to understand is that even online schools need to get accredited before they can reward any sort of academic certification. Nation high school is accredited. Accreditation agencies ensure that a school follows quality and standardization gui…delines maintained by that accreditation agency. ( Full Answer )
Yes. The US Department of Education has an official list of recognized agencies that can be relied on for validating on-line or distance schools that claim accreditation by them. For the complete list see the Related Link below.
In those jurisdictions in which evolution is part of the curriculum, the Department of Education can withhold accreditation to schools that refuse to teach that curriculum. Rather than seek to censor the education of the children, it would be better to remember that a true religion can not be harmed… by scientific facts. ( Full Answer )
No. By its own admission and explanation thereof, in their website in the Related Link below, Enterprise High school is not accredited
Related answer says yes, by a valued contributor. To be more specific. UofP is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, part of the North Central Association, which is one of the six regional accrediting bodies officially recognized by the United States Department of Education. "Texas" is no…t really in the accreditation business, but by any reasonable standards, UofP is accredited by a legitimate accrediting body. ( Full Answer )
The only reason regionally accredited schools have a better name is because they don't accept transfers from nationally accredited schools. It is thought that education at regionally accredited schools is of a higher standard. However, when it comes to applying for a job, regional or national will n…ot make a difference as long as your school HAS accreditation. ( Full Answer )
All private schools including online schools need to be accredited with a reputable accreditation agency. Nation is an accredited online school and they offer accredited high school diploma programs. You can always find out if a school is accredited or not from their website or admissions office.
I've heard that they are not, Cambridge University (the oldest school in Britan) is one of these schools, are these things true?
No, it is a scam, go to a four year college, and save yourself money and time.
There are many universities that offer online degrees including: Boston University, California Coast University, Drexel, DeVry, Lehigh, Northwestern, St. Joeseph's College, and the University of Florida.
When you want to know the accreditation body of the University, go the University/college website and extract the accreditation body. After extracting the accreditation body search its authenticity.
Answer 1: Penn Ford High School isn't even a real high school. It is a despicable diploma mill. Avoid it like the plague!. Please see the "related questions" section, below, where I have placed a link to an answer of mine, here, which better explains it..
yes the school of law national open university was recently amongst other programmes run by the accredited by nuc
OLWA is an online university offering various degree programs to students from all over the world. Online universities are just as recognized as traditional universities. There are hundereds of online university offering similar programs. The problem is the general perception of the people that onli…ne universities are somehow less recognized than degrees issued by on-campus institutes. Research has shown that for some courses students who studied online performed way better in tests than on-campus students of the same courses. Studying online is not just convenient, it also saves times and enables thousands of people who couldn't go to college if it wasn't for the affordable fee structure of online universities. To keep the costs of education low, online universities use the same infrastructure to educate thousands of students at a time. The large class sizes allow these universities to build highly interactive course material and utilize the interactive techniques of learning, studying and research. Another cost saving approach is accreditation. In the United States some accreditation agencies are way expansive than others. That is why some online universities prefer to go for an international accreditation. This gives their degrees the same legitimacy and recognition but at a much lower cost, which ultimately benefits the students. ( Full Answer )
well you probably could find loads of them! personally I don`t know any but I would say Hollywood Arts High.
The United States Department of Education is a federal department that is governed by the U.S. Cabinet. The organization began operations in May of 1980.
The United States Department of Education was established in 1980. Its purpose is to improve and sustain the quality of education in the United States and to ensure equal access to all students.
If the school is closed it no longer has accreditation. The factorof accreditation is limited to that one school or district. Theschool no longer exists. However, if you mean what happens if you have a degree from thatschool when it WAS accredited, that largely depends on what youwant to do with it.… If you want to use that degree to work, it islikely they will accept the degree because it was accredited whenyou went there. If you want to transfer credits however, thatdecision will be up to the school that you are going to attend. Youshould probably check with them before transferring, and see whatcredits they will accept from your old school. ( Full Answer )