What does accreditation mean?
Accreditation by the Commission on Colleges means that a university has:
- a purpose appropriate to higher education
- the resources, programs and services to accomplish that purpose
- clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and that are appropriate to the degrees it offers
- success in achieving its stated objectives.
According to the Commission on Colleges, accreditation is:
[b]oth a process and a product, [it] relies on integrity, thoughtful and principled judgment, rigorous application of requirements, and a context of trust. It provides an assessment of an institution's effectiveness in the fulfillment of its mission, its compliance with the requirements of its accrediting association, and its continuing efforts to enhance the quality of student learning and its programs and services. Based upon reasoned judgment, the process stimulates evaluation and improvement, while providing a means of continuing accountability to constituents and the public.
- The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement