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Standards of Accreditation

The Standards of Accreditation describes the accreditation process and sets for the criteria for the evaluation and accreditation of private career schools and colleges.

ACCSC’s Standards of Accreditation provides an accountability framework for institutions that first and foremost seeks to ensure that institutions offer well developed programs that prepare students for their chosen fields of work, and second, requires institutions to assess continually and show success in meeting established program objectives. This accountability framework also helps to ensure that institutions grow in an appropriate and responsible fashion and in a manner that best meets the needs of students and of the employment community.

ACCSC’s Standards of Accreditation outline the expectations for accredited member institutions in such areas as:

  • Management and Administrative Operations,
  • Requirements for Residential and Distance Education Programs,
  • Educational Administration and Faculty Qualifications,
  • Student Recruiting and Advertising,
  • Admissions Policies and Practices,
  • Student Services, and
  • Student Achievement.

By applying for and receiving accreditation, a school accepts the obligation to demonstrate compliance with the Standards of Accreditation. Ultimately, ACCSC evaluates a school based on the school’s ability to accomplish its announced objectives and in accordance with the Commission’s standards.

Please note the most current version of ACCSC's Standards of Accreditation is dated July 1, 2014.


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