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Accreditation in the United States:- The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Here you will find lists of regional and national accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as reliable authorities concerning the quality of education or training offered by the institutions of higher education or higher education programs they accredit.

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Accrediting Bodies Considering Standards:- "The 6 bodies that grant accreditation to colleges and universities in the United States are near agreement on guidelines for evaluating distance education that differ from traditional accrediting standards by focusing on how much students learn. If enacted, the regional accrediting agencies would use the guidelines to set standards for granting accreditation to distance-education programs and institutions."

Accrediting Groups Issue Recommendations for Distance-Education Programs:- "Representatives of the six U.S. regional accrediting bodies have finalized a set of recommendations for building and evaluating online-education programs. But the recommendations won't become accreditation standards, says Charles M. Cook, the director of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges' Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. 'We've always considered them testimonials, not a new set of standards,' he says. 'It's always been the local regions' option of how to adopt them.'"

Regional Institutional Accrediting Agencies

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education:- Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidacy status") of institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including distance education programs offered at those institutions.

Jean Avnet Morse, Executive Director
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Tel. (215) 662-5606, Fax (215) 662-5950
E-mail address: info@msache.org


New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education:- Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidacy status") of institutions of higher education in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont that award bachelor's, master's, and/or doctoral degrees and associate degree-granting institutions in those states that include degrees in liberal arts or general studies among their offerings, including the accreditation of programs offered via distance education within these institutions. This recognition extends to the Board of Trustees of the Association jointly with the Commission for decisions involving preaccreditation, initial accreditation, and adverse actions. New Standards for Accreditation (effective January 1, 2006)

Charles Cook, Director
209 Burlington Road
Bedford, Massachusetts 01730-1433
Tel. (781) 271-0022, Fax (781) 271-0950
E-mail address: ccook@neasc.org


New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions:- Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate status") of secondary institutions with vocational-technical programs at the 13th and 14th grade level, postsecondary institutions, and institutions of higher education that provide primarily vocational/technical education at the certificate, associate, and baccalaureate degree levels in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This recognition extends to the Board of Trustees of the Association jointly with the Commission for decisions involving preaccreditation, initial accreditation, and adverse actions.

Paul Bento, Director
209 Burlington Road
Bedford, Massachusetts 01730-1433
Tel. (781) 271-0022, Fax (781) 271-0950
E-mail address: pbento@neasc.org


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission:- Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of degree-granting institutions of higher education in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, including schools of the Navajo Nation and the accreditation of such programs offered via distance education within these institutions.

Steven D. Crow, Executive Director
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Tel. (312) 263-0456, (800) 621-7440, Fax (312) 263-7462
E-mail address: scrow@hlcommission.org


Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities:- Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidacy status") of postsecondary educational institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington and the accreditation of such programs offered via distance education within these institutions.

Sandra E. Elman, Executive Director
8060 165th Avenue, NE, Suite 100
Redmond, Washington 98052
Tel. (425) 558-4224, Fax (425) 376-0596
E-mail address: selman@nwccu.org


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges:- Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of degree-granting institutions of higher education in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, including distance education programs offered at those institutions.

James T. Rogers, Executive Director
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
Tel. (404) 679-4512, Fax (404) 679-4558
E-mail address: jrogers@sacscoc.org


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges:- Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of community and junior colleges located in California, Hawaii, the United States territories of Guam and American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the accreditation of such programs offered via distance education at these colleges.

Barbara A. Beno, Executive Director
10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204
Novato, California 94949
Tel. (415) 506-0234, Fax (415) 506-0238
E-mail address: accjcbb@pacbell.net


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities:- Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of senior colleges and universities in California, Hawaii, the United States territories of Guam and American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, including distance education programs offered at those institutions.

Ralph Wolff, Executive Director
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, California 94501
Tel. (510) 748-9001, Fax (510) 748-9797
E-mail address: wascsr@wascsenior.org





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