College Accreditation 101

Choosing your ideal college can be an uphill task and one that you should carry out armed with good research and prudence. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by the numerous programs available to you and to make the wrong decision; one which may negatively impact your academic future as well as your chances of getting into the career of your dreams.

Accreditation is Vital

College Accreditation 101

College Accreditation 101

Colleges all over the country are required to sign up for accreditation. What this means is that they must get permission from a regional or national body to offer certain courses. At the same time, accreditation serves as a way of standardizing course content and ensuring that students who attend certain colleges or take courses graduate with the needed qualifications to make it possible for them to use their education in the careers of their choosing.

Regional vs. National Accreditation

There are two types of accreditation: regional and national. These two share some similarities but can be differentiated via close research. Regional accreditation is usually given to private and state-run nonprofit colleges which want to be recognized by a regional or state body, giving them the green light to offer certain courses. On the other hand, national accreditation can be given to all colleges which apply for it (usually for-profit, online colleges), as long as they meet certain standards put down by a central national body.

Due to the naming, there’s a common misconception that “nationally accredited” colleges are better than “regionally accredited” colleges. This is due to the widespread perception that anything which is recognized on a national level must be better than the one that’s only recognized on a regional level.

In fact, the opposite is usually true for a couple of reasons. Some of these include:

  • Regional accreditation is the most widely recognized type of accreditation in the country, giving it an edge over the other type.
  • If you’d like to transfer credits and colleges, you’d have a much easier time doing so if you attended a regionally accredited college in the first place.
  • With regionally accredited colleges, you’re eligible to receiving corporate tuition reimbursement.
  • Given the fact that different states and regions have varied legislation, you’re more likely to get licensing after completing your course in the career of your choice after graduation.

National accreditation has a few benefits such as:

  • Colleges with national accreditation are usually cheaper than regionally accredited colleges.
  • Their admission standards aren’t as stringent.
  • Nationally accredited colleges may be best suited for individuals looking to get into practical and hands-on career choices.

If you’re looking to eventually transfer credits, it’s in your best interest that you choose a regionally accredited college. If you enrolled into a college which misrepresented its accreditation, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. To discuss a potential legal matter, please contact Rasansky Law Firm today by emailing us using the contact form on this page.

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