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Accreditation is a quality assurance process that verifies educational institutions or programs for achieving and maintaining commonly recognized high standards.
An external group of faculty and administrators, selected by the accreditor, evaluates the institution or program according to established standards . Everything from academic quality and student services to financial health may be considered in this peer-review process.
Accreditation validates an institution’s quality and integrity and assures programs are aligned with their profession. It also focuses on continuous improvement.
Besides ensuring a school’s quality and adherence to academic standards, accreditation also plays a role in:
Accreditation can be broken down into the following categories:
There are several accrediting agencies for each of the different types of accreditation. Every year, the U.S. Secretary of Education publishes a list of recognized accrediting agencies. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) also examines accrediting agencies. Agencies on these lists are considered reliable authorities to evaluate the quality of education or training provided by colleges, universities, and vocational schools in the United States.
Use these trusted sources to find out which schools and programs are accredited:
Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about university and program accreditations.