When selecting a college or university, it is important to determine whether the institution is “accredited.” With an accredited institution, a student has some assurance of receiving a quality education and gaining recognition by other colleges and by employers of the course credits and degrees earned. Accreditation is an affirmation that a college provides a quality of education that the general public has the right to expect and that the educational community recognizes.

What Is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a voluntary process of self-evaluation and peer review adopted by the educational community. Institutions of higher education have voluntarily entered into associations to evaluate each other in accord with an institution’s stated goals.

Types of Accreditation

Institutional accreditation: Most accreditation is institutional, meaning an entire college is accredited. This gives credibility to the college as a whole. This type of accreditation can be given by either a “regional accreditation agency” or a “national accreditation agency.” The United States is divided into 6 regions—each with a regional accrediting body. The one for Utah is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Specialized and programmatic accreditation: Certain specialized professional programs are accredited independently of their parent institution. There are specialized accrediting bodies for these programs—such as The Association to Advance College Schools of Business (AACSB), International.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International

AACSB-accredited schools have the highest quality faculty, relevant and challenging curriculum, and provide educational and career opportunities that are not found at other business schools.

AACSB Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 5% of the world's 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB Accreditation. AACSB-accredited schools produce graduates that are highly skilled and more desirable to employers than other non-accredited schools.

For more information about The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, please visit the AACSB website. Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities Utah Valley University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. More information is available on the University’s accreditation website.

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