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What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a process by which educational institutions or specific programs are evaluated by peer review process organizations such as Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) or Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The accreditation process has been utilized for over a century. It was originally established to ensure the quality of education provided by secondary and postsecondary educational institutions. Choosing an accredited university means a quality education and greater career opportunities.

When undertaking the process of selecting a university, it is essential to consider the institutionís accreditation status. The selection of an accredited university assures that credit hours and courses can be easily transferred to another university should one decide to pursue education beyond the bachelorís degree. Typically, credits from nonaccredited programs are not transferrable to accredited universities. Additionally, many federal student aid and student loan programs will only fund accredited programs, further necessitating the selection of an accredited university.

The importance of selecting an accredited institution is also true when choosing a distance learning degree option. The following universities are accredited and offer a variety of degree levels and program options:

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+Patricia Pedraza-Nafziger

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