What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a voluntary process by which primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities, and professional schools submit themselves to an comprehensive review process by an outside agency to ensure quality and institutional integrity. The most credible type of accreditation in the United States is called "regional" accreditation, which means that an institution is accredited by one of the six geographically dispersed associations approved by both the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. While there are a few quality Christian colleges and seminaries that don't seek regional accreditation for theological reasons, it remains the standard of quality within the United States.? Please note that this approach to accreditation is uniquely American as most universities outside of the United States operate under a government charter or approval.? Accordingly, when looking at international universities, this type of accreditation isn't applicable; you will want to ensure that the international university has the necessary charter or approval appropriate to that country. Furthermore, accreditation is of primary importance to higher education institutions and is much less of an issue when taking K-12 courses to supplement homeschooling.

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