When trying to choose a program that’s a good fit, you might hear the term "accreditation" used. If you’re applying to a school or are looking to transfer credits to another school, one important factor to consider is the accreditation of the school and whether it is regionally or nationally accredited.
The term “accreditation” refers to both a process and a status. An academic institution must go through the process of accreditation review in order to gain the status of an accredited university. Accreditation is essentially a review of a school or program that tells you the quality of the education you may get. You can search the Council for Higher Education website here to search for your previous schools and their accreditation.
Regional accreditation standards are upheld by six accrediting bodies that are positioned across the United States. These institutions focus on different regions of the United States, comparing schools against similar ones in the region. These institutions evaluate academic providers in their direct area for quality. Regionally accredited institutions are often degree-focused and state-owned schools. At this time, all of Guild Education's university partners are regionally accredited. When considering accreditation, keep in mind that credits from regionally accredited schools are typically more widely accepted elsewhere, which generally makes them more transferrable.
National accreditation is performed by an agency that compares schools that are similarly designed across the nation. Nationally accredited institutions are generally geared toward more technical or career-based knowledge. For example, similar career or vocational programs may be compared by a national accreditation agency. Because the credits from these universities can be very specific, they may not be as transferrable to other institutions.
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