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Accreditation - Governing Bodies

Online Education-The importance of Accreditation

Accreditation is important as it legitimizes a degree, especially an online degree. Many diploma mills claim to be accredited by fake accreditation agencies or accreditation mills. Much like diploma mills, accreditation mills make it very easy for a university to earn accreditation as the school simply has to pay a fee. The rigor of the curriculum and the professors are not evaluated. Thus, the accreditation granted from an accreditation mill is completely useless.

The only legitimate regional accreditation agencies are:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwestern Association of Accredited Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

The only legitimate national accreditation agencies are:

  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology
  • Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training
  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
  • Distance Education and Training Council
  • The Association for Biblical Higher Education
  • Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools
  • Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
  • Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools

In addition, there are accreditation agencies based on field such as business. A school should still have national or regional accreditation in addition to professional accreditation.