Why is Accreditation Important?
Although graduating from an accredited program does not guarantee jobs or licensure for individuals, it may facilitate such achievement. It reflects the quality by which a program conducts its business. It speaks to a sense of public trust, as well as professional quality.
Accreditation provides prospective and current students the assurance that the program is engaged in continuous review and improvement of its quality, that it meets nationally endorsed standards for the profession, and that it is accountable for achieving what it sets out to do.
Accreditation provides faculty members a formal process for ongoing program assessment and improvement and professional development, a process by which faculty, students, and administration can work together in advancing the educational institution’s mission.
Accreditation provides planners a forum in which educators and practitioners can exchange ideas on future needs of the planning profession and ways in which to best address these needs in professional education and training.
Accreditation provides the public programmatic or institutional accountability via information about educational effectiveness.
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Accreditation Toolkit is designed to provide important accreditation related information to students, faculty, presidents, and governing boards of higher educations institutions.