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What is accreditation?


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Question: What is accreditation?
Answer: Accreditation is the voluntary process of being a certified as meeting minimum requirements designated by an accrediting agency. There is no officially sanctioned accrediting board in the United States; however, most schools and employers consider the six regional accrediting agencies to be the only fully legitimate agencies. Any organization can claim to be an accrediting agency, so watch out! Many online schools make up "fake" accrediting agencies in order to convince people that they should be trusted. These fake agencies have official sounding names and, sometimes, even have accompanying websites. If your school is accredited by one of the regional agencies, your degree will be considered as legitimate as most traditional schools. If your school is accredited by a "fake" agency, your degree may not be accepted by schools and employers.

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