An HR manager has narrowed
the candidate pool for a job down to two applicants with nearly identical
employment histories. But only one candidate gets an interview.
Why? Because he or she
went to an accredited university.
Your education says a lot
about you, especially in a crowded job market.
So, What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is the process
that validates an institution’s quality of education. Colleges and universities
are accredited by one of 19 recognized institutional accrediting
Whether you want to attend
a public university, private college, or “not for profit” institution, be sure
to research its accreditation. Be wary if a school’s accreditation has lapsed,
is under review, or is on probation.
For degree programs,
accreditation is bestowed by one of 60 programmatic accrediting
organizations. This accreditation
process is entirely voluntary and reflects deeper program quality. For example,
many MBA schools are partial to applicants who earned a bachelor’s degree from
an ACBSP-accredited business program.
Why is Accreditation Important?
You do not have to
earn your degree from an accredited college or university—but it does affect
In many cases, only
candidates with degrees from accredited colleges or universities are considered
for open jobs. Many large organizations
use parsing software to review resumes and either select or exclude candidates from
accredited university also improves your ability to transfer your college
credits, and it’s definitely a must if you plan to go to graduate school.
Accreditation for Online Degrees
misconception is that online degree programs are not or do not need to be
A school’s online
degree programs are included as part of its overall accreditation. If an
institution is entirely online, still check that it has official accreditation
and online degree programs are held to the same high accreditation standards as traditional “brick and
mortar” colleges and universities.
How Do I Know If My School is Accredited?
To learn if your school
is accredited, first check its website. Respected colleges and universities are
proud of their accreditation so it will be easy to find.
verification, find the facts at the Council for Higher Education
Don’t worry, Northern
Arizona University is fully accredited.
This includes our Personalized Learning competency-based online degrees.
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