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Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-review process which provides a means of assisting schools and colleges to become stronger and better institutions by setting standards of educational quality.

Accreditation seeks to assess and enhance the educational quality of an institution, ensure consistency in institutional operations, promote self-evaluation and institutional improvement, and provide for public accountability within a peer-review framework. ACCSC accreditation promotes institutional accountability by systematically and comprehensively evaluating institutions based upon criteria established via the Standards of Accreditation.

The Standards of Accreditation and the accreditation process provide a foundation and framework for ACCSC to assess the quality of education offered by accredited institutions.

  • Through the accreditation process, ACCSC strives to ensure that accredited institutions continually assess and evaluate the education provide and demonstrate acceptable levels of institutional, student, and graduate success.

  • Ensuring the quality and integrity of institutions and their programs as well as student success are of paramount concern for ACCSC.

Accreditation also serves an essential role in institutional and programmatic quality assurance as a critical component of the regulatory "triad" in partnership with federal and state governments that are responsible for the oversight of higher education institutions.

Accordingly, ACCSC is committed to the important role of ensuring the integrity of educational programs as a means of serving the public interest and public accountability.