Why is accreditation important?
One of the first steps any prospective student should take before enrolling in a college or university is to verify whether or not the school is accredited by a recognized accrediting agency. Accreditation helps determine if an institution meets or exceeds minimum standards of quality and assists students in determining acceptable institutions for enrollment. It also helps institutions determine acceptability of transfer credits and employers in determining the validity of programs of study. Without accreditation, students would be ineligible to apply for financial aid through federal assistance.
What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a voluntary dual-purpose process that schools (1) must be worthy of the trust placed in them to provide high-quality learning and (2) clearly demonstrate continual self-improvement.
An accredited school:
- Is focused on a mission and goals for students
- Is student-oriented and examines its students’ performance continuously
- It accepts objective evaluation from a team of outside peer professionals
- Maintains a qualified faculty within an effectively organized school
- Collaboratively assesses the quality of its educational programs on a regular basis
- Plans for the future
There are six regional accreditors involved in higher learning education accreditation in the United States:
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC-CIHE) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
- Higher Learning Commission (HLC) (formerly, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools)
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) - houses both the accrediting commissions for community colleges (WASC-ACCJC) and senior colleges and Universities (WASC-ACSCU).
Irvine Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
For more information, visit IVC’s Accreditation page.