As you now know, accreditation is the tool used around the world, to monitor, assess, and evaluate the standards and quality of the education a student receives at a college, university, or other institution of higher learning. Because of the process of accreditation, new students, returning students, and families of students can trust that the education they are paying for is valuable and worth their time, money, and effort.
Accreditation status indicates that a college, university, institution, or program meets the standards of quality set by the accreditation organization, in terms of faculty, curriculum, administration, libraries, financial well-being, and student services.
While a student who attends an accredited college, university, or other institution of higher learning can be assured that he or she will receive a quality education, students should remember that a college or university’s accreditation does not automatically guarantee a student’s academic success. It is, of course, up to the individual student to make the most of the education he or she receives! But if a larger than average number of students attending a college or university are not successful and do not demonstrate a high level of educational performance, an accreditation organization may need to step in to examine the effectiveness of the institution and evaluate what aspects of the institution need to be improved.
Aside from the promise of overall quality educational opportunities, an institution’s accreditation status provides students with many other benefits as well.
Most employers prefer to hire job applicants who have gained their education from a college or university with the appropriate accreditation status. Many employers also look to see that employees have been educated at an appropriately accredited institution when making decisions about business promotions, company advancements, and whether to provide tuition coverage or assistance for employees who wish or need to further their education. It is also common for states to require that a college, university, or program be accredited when allowing students to acquire state professional licensure.
Accreditation benefits human rights organizations, participants, and the enterprise as a whole. The accreditation process requires organizations to take a comprehensive look at their standards, mission, vision and services to identify and address any weaknesses and to build upon their strengths. The result is a more cohesive organization, with the systems in place not only to protect participants but also to advance human rights promotion more efficiently and effectively.