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Recognized Accrediting Organizations

(as of August 2016)

Part I of this chart lists regional, national faith-related, national career-related and programmatic accreditors that are or have been recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) or both. Organizations identified by (•) are recognized; (–) indicates those not recognized. An asterisk (*) identifies accrediting organizations that were formerly recognized and not currently recognized.


CHEA-recognized organizations must meet CHEA eligibility standards (http://www.chea.org/pdf/Recognition Policy-June 28 2010-FINAL.pdf). Accreditors exercise independent judgment about whether to seek CHEA recognition. For USDE recognition, accreditation from the organization is used by an institu­tion or program to establish eligibility to participate in federal student aid or other federal programs (www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/index.html). Some accreditors cannot be considered for USDE recognition because they do not provide access to federal funds. Other accreditors have chosen not to pursue USDE recognition.


Because CHEA affiliation and USDE recognition depend on a range of factors, readers are strongly cautioned against making judgments about the quality of an accrediting organization and its institutions and programs based solely on CHEA or USDE status. Additional inquiry is essential. If you have questions about the CHEA or USDE recognition status of an accreditor, please contact the accrediting organization.


This chart is updated when the CHEA Board of Directors recognizes or withdraws recognition of an accrediting organization and when the United States Secretary of Education recognizes or withdraws recognition of an accrediting organization.

PART I

 

ACCREDITOR

CHEA
Recognition
Status

USDE
Recognition
Status

REGIONAL ACCREDITING ORGANIZATIONS

 

 

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Higher Learning Commission

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

*

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

WASC Senior College and University Commission

NATIONAL FAITH-RELATED ACCREDITING ORGANIZATIONS

 

 

Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation

Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools Accreditation Commission

Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools Accreditation Commission

NATIONAL CAREER-RELATED ACCREDITING ORGANIZATIONS

 

 

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Council on Occupational Education

Distance Education Accrediting Commission

National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, Inc.

 


 

ACCREDITOR

CHEA
Recognition
Status

USDE
Recognition
Status

PROGRAMMATIC ACCREDITING ORGANIZATIONS

 

 

AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

*

ABET

*

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

*

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

*

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

Accreditation Council on Optometric Education

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications

*

American Academy of Forensic Sciences Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Council for Accreditation

American Board of Funeral Service Education Committee on Accreditation

American Council for Construction Education

*

American Culinary Federation Education Foundation, Inc. Accrediting Commission

*

American Library Association Committee on Accreditation

*

American Occupational Therapy Association Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation

*

American Physical Therapy Association Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

American Podiatric Medical Association Council on Podiatric Medical Education

American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation

American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. Accreditation Commission

Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering

*

Aviation Accreditation Board International

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education

Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

*

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

*

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

*

 

ACCREDITOR

CHEA
Recognition
Status

USDE
Recognition
Status

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

*

Commission on Dental Accreditation American Dental Association

Commission on English Language Program Accreditation

Commission of Institutions for Mediation - Arbitration Training Accreditation

Commission on Opticianry Accreditation

*

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Council for Interior Design Accreditation

*

Council for Standards in Human Service Education

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
American Bar Association

Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

Council on Chiropractic Education

Council on Education for Public Health

Council on Naturopathic Medical Education

Council on Rehabilitation Education Commission on Standards and Accreditation

*

Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation

*

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

International Fire Service Accreditation Congress - Degree Assembly

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology

*

Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board American Society of Landscape Architects

*

Liaison Committee on Medical Education

Midwifery Education Accreditation Council

Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

*

National Association of Schools of Art and Design Commission on Accreditation

*

National Association of Schools of Dance Commission on Accreditation

*

National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation

*

National Association of Schools of Theatre Commission on Accreditation

*

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education*

National Recreation and Park Association

Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions

Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration
Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation

 

 

ACCREDITOR

CHEA
Recognition
Status

USDE
Recognition
Status

Planning Accreditation Board

Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System

Teacher Education Accreditation Council*

 

PART II

 

Part II of this chart lists accreditors previously recognized by either CHEA or the USDE or both and not currently recognized by either group. Organizations identified by (–) indicates those not recognized. An asterisk (*) identifies accrediting organizations that were formerly recognized and are no longer recognized.

American Academy for Liberal Education

*

American Society for Microbiology American College of Microbiology

*

National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc.

*

National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health Council on Accreditation

*

National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council

*

New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Technical and Career Institutions

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*

Society of American Foresters

*

*

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation

*

 


*   NCATE and TEAC are in the process of a consolidation and transition to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). NCATE and TEAC will sunset after the final accreditation cycle in fall 2023. NCATE and TEAC are administered through CAEP. 2016 Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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