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What is Accreditation and Does it Really Matter?

February 06, 2014 by Kelly Paul |
Kelly Paul

iStock 000022942212SmallAccreditation by a reputable agency is your guarantee that the college or university you are considering can deliver the high-quality education it promises. It assures quality control. 

Traditional non-profit colleges and universities are usually regionally accredited; regionally accredited agencies are certified by the U.S. Department of Education. UNCG is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award bachelor's, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees.

Other Reasons Why Accreditation Matters

Employers require it. Most employers that require a college or university degree want employees that have a degree from an appropriately accredited institution, whether online or face-to-face.

You can transfer college credit. Course credits earned at a regionally accredited college or university generally transfer to any other regionally accredited college or university.  For information on how to transfer college credit to UNCG visit our Transfer Information FAQ page.

Financial aid requires it. Federal financial aid requires that institutions receiving it be accredited by recognized accrediting institutions.


By: Kelly Paul


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