Module One: Learning Standards Required by the Accreditation Bodies

One of the pathways to best practices in undergraduate education is to understand accreditation and the accreditation process. Simply, accreditation is the process by which programs, schools, and/or institutions are evaluated based on an established set of standards. The process is usually facilitated through off-site and on-site evaluative visits conducted by peers from similar programs, schools, or institutions. As articulated by various regional or specialized agencies, this set of standards has a broad scope that encompasses all aspects of a student's learning experience--from instruction to administrative and academic support services. As an educator, you will assess the success of these standards by the way students achieve success in your classroom no matter the classroom format.

  • Understand accreditation and its importance to your institution, students, and community
  • Identify the regional and specialized accrediting agencies for your content, program, school and institution.
  • Learn more about accreditation and learning requirements within the state of Texas.
  • Understand the definition of accreditation and its importance; understand specialized accreditation.
  • Understand the accreditation process for K-12 districts and schools

What Is College Accreditation?

College accreditation is a formal recognition that the education provided is of uniform and sound quality. Accreditation is provided after an institution of higher education has successfully gone through an evaluation by a recognized accreditation agency to ensure that it meets acceptable levels of quality. Being awarded accreditation ensures that an institution has been evaluated and passes a set of standards of quality determined by the accrediting organization granting the accreditation. A college or university's accreditation is maintained by continued adherence to the set criteria.


Why Is College Accreditation Important?

College accreditation is important for many reasons.

  • Assures students they will be able to attain the same educational outcomes no matter the delivery method—face-to-face, online, hybrid.
  • Entitles students to the same rights to admissions, orientation, registration, counseling, tutoring, placement, financial aid, and other student services that are available to all other college students.
  • Assures students they will be able to take advantage of student assistance programs from the government.
  • Assures students they will be able to transfer credits from one school to another.
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