Academic accreditation protects and improves the quality of education through accountability. This ensures that students and the public receive the benefits of the highest quality education.
In the United States there is no federal agency responsible for accrediting postsecondary educational institutions. That responsibility has been taken on by individual accrediting agencies such as the AVMA's Council on Education.
To assist in its role as an accreditor, the Council is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA). ASPA's mission is to advance the knowledge, skills, good practices, and ethical commitments of accreditors, while educating the public on the value of accreditation as a method for improving educational quality. http://www.aspa-usa.org/default.asp
ASPA lists the value of accreditation to the stakeholders as:Students—accreditation provides a measure of educational quality and in many cases, helps facilitate a student's academic progression, including transfer credit from one institution to another.Lawmakers—accreditation provides assurance that education programs are evaluated against nationally accepted standards and that program graduates are competent for entry into the workplace or for advanced practice.Educators and Practitioners—accreditation provides validation of the education program, as well as the opportunity for academic administrators, faculty and practitioners to build consensus on expected learning outcomes and graduate competencies.Employers—accreditation assures prospective employers that graduates come from a program or school where the content and quality satisfy established standards.http://www.aspa-usa.org/documents/usaccreditation.pdf
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