Institutional vs. Programmatic Accreditation

For those of you who don’t know, there are many types of accreditation–you may likely hear terms such as regional accreditation, national accreditation, functional or programmatic accreditation, and sometimes even state accreditation. Each plays an important role in quality assurance for specific programs or an entire institution. I could put you to sleep with a lengthy blog with all sorts of details, but here is the bottom line:

Don’t ever take a single course from an institution that is not accredited. Ever. Ever.

While no guarantee of perfection, accredited institutions have provided certain levels of assurance to respected bodies within academia that students will be taken care of. Non-accredited institutions have had no one looking over their shoulder, digging deep and looking in various academic or financial nooks and crannies; they can accept your money with absolutely no guarantee that the course or degree that you completed will be worth anything at all.

I came across an entertaining yet informative video that clears up some of the confusion:

ASPA 2016 Explainer

If you have additional questions about accreditation feel free to reach out to me through the Contact the Author page.

–rrf

 

 

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