Accreditation is the voluntary, peer review process utilized by higher education institutions and industry practitioners to evaluate academic degree programs.

Why does accreditation matter?

The accreditation process is used by universities, colleges, and specific degree programs to clarify instructional goals and objectives, enhance program content, and improve program delivery.   

Institutional and program accreditation status is also an important assurance of quality to prospective:

  • Students and faculty
  • Employers
  • Governing boards
  • Government agencies
  • Funding sources

What are the components of accreditation?

To evaluate academic degree programs, the accreditation processes typically consider criteria centered on:

  • Curriculum content
  • Instructional resources
  • Admission and graduation requirements
  • Learning outcomes
  • Other widely accepted factors within the academic community