Educational accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of educational institutions or programs are evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met. If standards are met, accredited status is granted by the appropriate agency.

For colleges and universities, you can see if your school is accredited by going to The U.S. Department of Education: www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ or you can also look for schools in your area that are accredited.

The U.S. Department of Education does not accredit educational institutions and/or programs. However, the Department of Education provides oversight over the postsecondary accreditation system through its review of all federally-recognized accrediting agencies. The Department holds accrediting agencies accountable by ensuring that they enforce their accreditation standards effectively. Also, as a part of the Department’s oversight roles, the Secretary of Education is required by law to publish a list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies that the Secretary determines to be reliable authorities as to the quality of education or training provided by the institutions of higher education and the higher education programs they accredit. The U.S. Secretary of Education also recognizes State agencies for the approval of public postsecondary vocational education and nurse education.

If you have questions about whether or not your vocational training program is accredited and are having trouble finding out, please give us a call and we will help you figure it out.