Why is Accreditation Important?

Pursuing a degree is a significant investment of time and money and accreditation affects how that degree will be received in the marketplace.

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 recognized and 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. There are also speciality accreditation agencies including the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS), and Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) that are relevant for some Christian schools.

Many graduate programs and employers require an accredited degree as a prerequisite and simply disregard unaccredited schools. Therefore, this is a stewardship issue to consider when planning to devote significant time and money to pursue an online degree.

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