Accreditation is a voluntary activity initiated by the institution that requires a rigorous self-evaluation and an independent, objective appraisal of the overall educational quality by peers.

About Accreditation

Accreditation emphasizes quality assurance and a commitment to continuous quality enhancement.
To achieve accreditation by NCAECT, an institution must:
Comply with rigorous standards;
Develop and implement an Institutional Effectiveness Plan;
Undergo an annual review of its financial stability, retention and placement rates; and
Undergo announced and unannounced site visits.
If judged to be in compliance with established standards, accreditation may be granted for a specific period, ranging from three to six years.


State licensing agencies, higher education commissions, and other bureaus for private postsecondary education grant institutions the authority to operate in their states. NCAECT cooperates with the states by considering for accreditation only those institutions which are licensed by the states. NCAECT also keeps the states informed of accreditation activities affecting the institutions in their states.

Other Resources

American Council on Education

National umbrella association for higher education. Current information on higher education policy, legislation, and national developments.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Private, nonprofit national organization that coordinates accreditation activity in the United States.

Chronicle of Higher Education

Main news source for college and university faculty members and administrators. Subscription required; published weekly.

U.S. Census Bureau

Serves as the source of quality data about the nation's people and economy.

U.S. Department of Education

Features information on programs and services, publications and products, grants and secretary's initiatives, plus guides for teachers and a host of links to other education sites.

Career Education Review

Comprehensive source of news, best practices, research and commentary for those involved with the career college sector.

Inside Higher Ed

A free daily online publication that covers a variety of college and university issues.