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  • Accrediting Options for Higher Education
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  • Kathy H
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  • 01-Nov-2016
  • Institutional accreditation is not the only accreditation you need to look for in a degree program. This can offer a student the required flexibility in making a choice of a college. There are multiple existing accreditations required for different degree programs. Though you have many degree programs which do not require this accreditation but it seems to work well in the job market.

    Accreditation Programs

    Specific accreditation agencies are set up to only evaluate a specific type of degree program. These agencies tend to evaluate the learning benchmarks and specific requirements for the curriculum. This is done at a level which is considered as ‘in-depth’ which is not possible for institutional accreditation. The standards developed by these agencies are tailored to meet the specific requirements of particular fields.

    These agencies make it possible for students to get the required opportunities of the chosen field. For example, an engineer who has graduated from a program which has not been accredited will find getting a job difficult. There are programs which do not require this accreditation but, as mentioned earlier, these do help to a large extent in the job market.

    Professional Accreditation:

    This accreditation is offered by a professional organization or a trade group. This requirement depends on your choice of career. There are some states which use this professional accreditation instead of recognition of the state board, which makes this accreditation effective in specific jobs. For earning credentials on a professional level, specific professions require this accreditation.

    The Different Benefits of Accredited Courses:

    Opting and passing out from a course which has been accredited can give you a head-start in your career. There are more than one benefits of choosing these courses.

    1. Accredited courses are a legal requirement for many professions. This is a stamp for your qualifications or the registration with a body which is professional.
    2. There are many jobs which have protected titles. In other words, these cannot be used unless you have been registered.
    3. These accreditations go a long way in taking your career to the required high. Employers tend to seek out those who have passed out from accredited courses. Employment gets convenient. There are better chances of a promotion or even getting a hike in your salary due to these courses.
    4. These agencies provide the support and help required throughout the career span. In short, you are well prepared with the required lectures and training sessions.
    5. Students opting for these courses can be assured of the quality of education with a perfect balance to the requirements of the corporate world.

    How to make the Right Choice

    It is definitely confusing to make a choice of the right accreditation. You need to ponder over the career options you have listed out before settling on an accredited course. Once you are sure of your chosen profession, it gets easier to opt for a specific accredited course suitable to your requirement. Employers tend to develop confidence in those students who have passed out from these accredited courses. 


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