What is accreditation, and what are the different types of accreditation?

April 14, 2023
We provide the licensing and accreditation needed to establish a new university and offer comprehensive guidance throughout the process.

This involves helping our clients understand all the legal and financial requirements around university establishment, as well as providing marketing and branding advice to ensure their university or college stands out from other educational institutions.

Our competitors can only offer a limited service, either licensing or accreditation, as most don't have the skills or team required to provide a turnkey service. This is why EEC stands out from the crowd – we can offer our clients everything they need to get their university off the ground easily and efficiently.
We aim to provide a complete service that will give our clients every chance of success when setting up their university. With EEC, you get a complete package of expertise and support for your university startup project.

 At EEC we're looking at building a long-term relationship with our clients, where launching a university is only the first step.

 We are confident that no other company can match our team of experts and their specialized knowledge.
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When building a house, you want to ensure that your general contractor has all the required skills and knowledge.

Well, the same rule holds true when it comes to post-secondary education. However, in this case, the skills and knowledge translate to your university or college being accredited.

After all, students interested in obtaining tuition assistance or getting a degree in a professional field are looking for accredited universities. 

But what is accreditation, and why does it matter?

Accreditation is a formal review of post-secondary institutions and is focused on ensuring that the university or college delivers the quality of teaching that it has committed to.

This commitment helps students know that they are getting what they pay for. In the United States, students can only receive loans and grants if they are enrolled in universities and colleges that have been accredited.

When it comes to the different types of accreditation, there are two distinct categories:

  • Institutional 
  • and Programmatic or Specialized

With institutional accreditation, you're looking at the whole academic institute. 

Programmatic or specialized accreditation is a bit different, though - here, the audit is of the program itself, which could include a review of the curriculum, the faculty teaching it, and how students’ learning is being evaluated. 

With institutional accreditation, universities can choose from either national or regional accrediting bodies.

And while regional accreditation mainly focuses on a specific geographic area, national accreditation agencies accredit institutions in any state, regardless of the location. 

There are numerous national accrediting bodies and exactly seven regional ones in the United States. To learn more about each one of these, make sure to check our Blog and dedicated “Get Accredited” resource sections.

If you're unsure which option is right for you, or if you're just stumped about accreditation in general, we're here to help. Just call us or email us today! 

We’ve been helping clients establish universities in the US for over a decade, and we look forward to helping you, too.

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