When picking an online college in one’s area of interest with respect to career growth and opportunity, this has been found that most of the times an aspirants do not pay much attention towards the accreditation of the course in which he is seeking admission into. On contrary, looking into the accreditation of a college should be the most important criteria while searching a college of one’s choice and aptitude.
Formally, an accreditation of a college can be understood from the fact that it fulfills entire prescribed requisite as set by the responsible authorities for a college to be an online college while imparting knowledge and learning. There are many advantages of a college being accredited as it assures a student of good knowledge and learning.
An accredited online college assures of the same level of learning as well as educational facilities like on campus institution where you are going to take admission into
An accredited online college lets a distance learner to have same level of privileges and rights like on campus student on criteria and facilities like admission, orientation, registration, counseling, tutoring, placement, financial aid and other student services.
An accreditation from nationally recognized accrediting agency lets a college to have participation in government student assistance programs.
If you are getting your education under any tuition fee reimbursement scheme than there are better chances that in case enrolled in a college that is not accredited the money would not be provided to you and neither you would be able to transfer credit from one college to another college or university.
More, there is a need of being aware of the accrediting agencies which provides fraudulent accreditation to college and universities.
However, for checking out an institution of online learning that has accreditation, there are many institutions like US department of Education and Council for higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and Canadian agency for accreditation as Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. For the regional accreditation of college there are six regional agencies in America which have accreditation from the US Department of Education and CHEA.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education: It accredits schools in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges: It accredits schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and American/international schools in more than 65 nations worldwide.
North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI): It accredits schools in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, and Washington.
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU): Schools and colleges in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington are accredited by this body.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: It accredits schools and colleges in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges: Schools in California, Hawaii, and Guam are accredited by this agency.