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.
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 AUTHORITY TO OPERATE
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.