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What Makes a College Accredited?

by Maria OCadiz, studioD

Diploma mills, according to Employee Screen IQ, are continually increasing in the modern marketplace with an estimated 3,000 currently in existence. These are education institutions selling substandard diplomas and degrees that do not have genuine accreditation. Obtaining fake academic credentials can provide problems for you when you look for a job. Attending accredited colleges and earning your degree or diploma could be helpful in avoiding such predicaments. Genuinely accredited institutions often display various characteristics.

Genuine Degrees

A college becomes accredited when it offers genuine degrees for its courses. Potential employers are more likely to accept degrees from these institutions than from the non-accredited ones. It is evidence that the schools possess sufficient resources and relevant faculty to offer training to students in a particular course leading to the awarding of degrees. The accrediting body may offer accreditation to a particular course or the entire college. Unlike non-accredited schools, institutions that possess an accreditation do not offer degrees in exchange for tuition fees without requiring you to attend classes.

General Standards Adherence

Schools that adhere to general standards expected of all institutions of higher learning often gain accreditation. Such standards include library resources, class size, support services and students’ access to the faculties. The quality of the curriculum also factors into accreditation decisions. Schools have to develop curricula that sufficiently cover the scope of the course and include rigorous testing to prepare students adequately for their future careers. Various accrediting agencies have different standards, which schools must fulfill to gain accreditation. These bodies, however, often check if the colleges have satisfied the general standards before focusing on their particular standards.

Genuine Accreditation Agencies

Acquiring accreditation from genuine agencies ensures that an educational institution is properly accredited. Accreditation agencies obtain approval from the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation, which maintain a database of all the genuine nationally accredited agencies. An approval and listing from the two institutions confirms that the accrediting bodies have the required resources to evaluate colleges and provide them with the appropriate accreditation if these schools deserve it. Genuinely accredited colleges do not rely on accreditation from fake agencies to convince students that they are credible learning institutions.

Maximum Lecturer-Student Interaction

Proper interaction between lecturers and students enables a school to gain accreditation because the accrediting bodies usually evaluate this factor. In such colleges, students are able to communicate easily with their professors whenever they are in need of academic assistance. In an online course, this interaction may involve exchanging emails with the relevant lecturer concerning academic matters, such as required learning materials, schedules of classes or assignments. Such teachers would require you to complete all assignments to successfully complete courses and eventually graduate from the school.

About the Author

Maria OCadiz has been writing professionally since 1982, most recently publishing for various websites on topics like health and wellness, and education. She holds a Master of Arts in Education. She is a former university professor, curriculum facilitator and teacher.

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