Institutional Accreditation Agencies

Accreditation agencies function under the purview of the United States Department of Education (USDOE) and ensure that certain standards are met by universities and colleges. There are two types of accreditation (1) institutional and (2) programmatic/discipline specific.

Institutional accreditation can be national or regional. Institutional accreditation is not compulsory; but institutions that don’t have it cannot access financial aid funds (Pell grants, federal loans, etc). Continue reading “Institutional Accreditation Agencies”

Transfer across Institutions Accredited by Different Accreditation Agencies

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It is important to keep in mind limitations related to credit transfer across universities and colleges accredited by different accreditation agencies when planning for college. Today’s post provides another way to look at college credit transfer through the lens of institutional accreditation. Losing credits during transfer can increase student debt and delay college graduation.

In 2006 the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined college credit transfer between institutions with different types of institutional accreditation. The report found that Continue reading “Transfer across Institutions Accredited by Different Accreditation Agencies”