What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a quality assurance process that colleges and universities undergo to confirm they meet a strict and recognized set of standards.
Accreditation is assessed by private, non-governmental agencies that have been created specifically for this purpose. These external college accreditation agencies are reviewed and recognized by entities such as the Council for Higher Education Accreditation along with the U.S. Department of Education.
Accreditation creates a set of quality standards, provides access to federal and state funding, and makes transferring credits easier.