Military Spouses of Strength is a national nonprofit organization with a mission

to improve the health and overall wellness within the military community.

From Tim Willard, Senior Director of Communications, CHEA (Council of Higher Education Accreditation)

 “Accreditation” is review of the quality of higher education institutions and programs. In the United States, accreditation is a major way that students, families, government officials and employers know that an institution or program provides a quality education.

Whether a college, university, or program is accredited is important:

  • Employers ask if a college, university, or program is accredited before deciding to provide tuition assistance to current employees, evaluating the credentials of new employees, or making a charitable contribution.

  • The federal government requires that a college, university, or program be accredited in order to be eligible for federal grants and loans or other federal funds.

  • State governments require that a college, university, or program be accredited when they make state funds available to students or institutions and when they allow students to sit for state licensure examinations in some professional fields.

In the U.S., accreditors are private, nongovernmental organizations created for the specific purpose of reviewing higher education institutions and programs for quality. In most other countries, accreditation (or quality assurance) is carried out by government organizations. 

U.S. accrediting organizations that are “recognized” have been reviewed by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the United States Department of Education (USDE). In the U.S., colleges and universities are accredited by recognized institutional accrediting organizations; educational programs are accredited by recognized programmatic accrediting organizations.
CHEA is a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation. CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. Recognition by CHEA affirms that standards and processes of accrediting organizations are consistent with quality, improvement, and accountability expectations that CHEA has established.

CHEA maintains an online database listing more than 8,200 degree-granting and non-degree-granting institutions and more than 20,100 programs that are accredited by United States accrediting organizations that have been recognized either by CHEA or by the United States Department of Education (USDE) or both. The database, which is free to the public, can be found at on the CHEA Website at http://www.chea.org/search/default.asp. Additional information on accreditation can be found on the CHEA Website at www.chea.org

Understanding Accreditation