Why College Accreditation Matters

Students enroll in college with the understanding that their institution is reputable and their degree will carry weight upon graduating. That’s why prospective students (and even current students, if unsure) should verify that their college of choice is accredited by a recognized agency.

But it’s just as important to understand what it means to be accredited and why college accreditation is valuable. At Ashworth College, we take pride in our accreditation and the merit our institution provides each student. Read on for a look at our accreditor and the benefits of earning a degree program with Ashworth College.

Who is Ashworth College’s accreditor?

Ashworth College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is a private, non-profit organization that operates as a national accreditor of institutions that primarily offer distance education. Founded in 1926, the DEAC holds recognition by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Accreditation by DEAC covers all distance education activities within an institution, providing nationally recognized accreditation from the primary school level through professional doctoral degree-granting institutions. The DEAC sets high standards for academic quality and “is the preeminent accrediting organization for distance education delivered worldwide.”

What does this mean?

The goal of accreditation is to confirm whether an institution’s offerings meet a threshold requirement or industry standard. In other words, it is a quality assurance in which a recognized third-party reviewing agency develops criteria and conducts evaluations to determine if a college meets the required standards. Schools that meet these standards are considered accredited colleges in the United States.

The American system is different from many other educational processes because the U.S. government is not involved in the accreditation process; the Department of Education is not in charge of accreditation. Instead, this responsibility is held by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Why is accreditation important?

Attending an accredited college is a vital piece of receiving a high-quality education. Ensuring your instructors, professors and mentors are operating within an accredited college with the appropriate program supervision and course work translates to a strong foundation for your academic and career journey.

Students seek a return on investment after successfully completing a college degree program; for many of students, that return is a career.  The best way to ensure that you will gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to secure a job is to enroll in a reputable college degree program.

For more on Ashworth College’s accreditor, visit the Distance Education Accrediting Commission website and Student FAQ section.

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