Purpose of Accreditation

Accreditation in the United States is a voluntary and self-regulatory mechanism of the higher education community.  It plays a significant role in fostering public confidence in the educational enterprise, in maintaining standards, in enhancing institutional effectiveness, and in improving higher education.  It also provides the basis on which colleges and universities can be assured that accredited institutions have complied with a common set of requirements and standards.

 

 

Source: Handbook for Reaffirmation of Accreditation. Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 2003.

  Last Updated 9/21/04