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Approved Accrediting Agencies

November 30, 1999



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Accreditation Agencies Cover Designated Areas

Each of the six regional accrediting associations is responsible for schools in one region of the United States and its territories. Each one has the authority to accredit an entire college or university. There are also about 80 professional associations, each with authority to accredit either specialized schools or specific departments or programs within a school.

The North Central Association

It may be the case, for instance, that the North Central Association (one of the six regional associations) will accredit Dolas University. When this happens, the entire school is accredited, and all its degrees may be called accredited degrees, or more accurately, "degrees from an accredited institution."

It may also be the case that only the art department of Dolas University has been accredited by the relevant professional association; in this case, the National Association of Schools of Art. If this happens, then only the art majors at Dolas can claim to have accredited degrees.

Accreditation: Which Questions Should You Ask?

So if an accredited degree is important for your needs, the first question to ask is:

  1. Has the school been accredited by one of the six regional associations?

If the answer is no, then the next question is:

     2.    Has the department in which I am interested been accredited by its relevant professional association?


There are those industries--like psychology and nursing--in which professional accreditation is often at least as important as regional accreditation, sometimes more so. In other words, even if a school is accredited by its regional association, unless its psychology department is also accredited by the American Psychology Association, its degree will be less useful for psychology majors.

Unrecognized Accreditation Agencies

Totally unrecognized accrediting agencies may still be quite legitimate, or they may be quite phony. Some of the unrecognized ones will be discussed after the following listing of the recognized ones. Each of the approved accreditors will gladly supply lists of all the schools (or departments within schools) they have accredited, and those that are candidates for accreditation and in correspondent status. They will also answer any questions pertaining to any school's status (or lack of status) with them.

The Agencies That Recognize Accrediting Agencies

 

Department of Education

Division of Eligibility and Agency Evaluation
Bureau of Postsecondary Education
Washington, DC 20202
Phone: (202) 245-9875

CHEA, the Council For Higher Education Accreditation One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 510
Washington DC, 20036-1135
Phone: 202-955-6126 Fax: 202-955-612
E-mail: chea@chea.org
Website: www.chea.org

Accrediting Agencies Recognized Under GAAP

Regional Accrediting Agencies

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-5606 Fax: (215) 662-5950
www.css-msa.org
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA 01730
Phone: (617) 271-0022 Fax: (617) 271-0950
www.neasc.org
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (800) 621-7440 Fax: (312) 263-7462
info@ncacihe.org
www.ncacihe.org
Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
11300 NE 33rd Place, Suite 120
Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: (206) 543-0195 Fax: (206) 827-3395
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033
Phone: (800) 248-7701 Fax: (404) 679-4558
www.sacs.org
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia

Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Box 9990
Mills College
Oakland, CA 94613
Phone: (510) 632-5000 Fax: (510) 632-8361
California, Hawaii, Guam, Trust Territory of the Pacific

Professional Accrediting Agencies

The Arts

Architecture
National Architectural Accrediting Board
1735 New York Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 783-2007 Fax: (202) 783-2822
(Recognized by CHEA but not by US Department of Education)

Art
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
Commission on Accreditation
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 22090
(703) 437-0700 - Fax: (703) 437-6312

Dance
National Association of Schools of Dance
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 22090
(703) 437-0700 - Fax: (703) 437-6312

Landscape Architecture
American Society of Landscape Architects
4401 Connecticut Ave. NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 686-2752 - Fax: (202) 686-1001
www.asla.org/asla/
(Recognized by CHEA but not by US Department of Education)

Music
National Association of Schools of Music
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 22090
(703) 437-0700 - Fax: (703) 437-6312

Theater
National Association of Schools of Theater
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 22090
(703) 437-0700 - Fax: (703) 437-6312

Business


Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
750 First Street NE, Suite 980
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 336-6780 - Fax: (202) 482-2593

International Association for Management Education
600 Emerson Road, Suite 300
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 872-8481 - Fax: (314) 872-8495
(Recognized by CHEA but not by US Department of Education)

Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
7007 College Blvd., Suite 420
Overland Park, KS 66211
(913) 339-9356 - Fax: (913) 339-6226
(Recognized by CHEA but not by US Department of Education)

Education

Blind and Visually Handicapped Education
National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped
15 East 40th Street, Suite 1004
New York, NY 10016
(212) 683-5068 - Fax: (212) 683-4475
(Recognized by CHEA but not by US Department of Education)

Continuing Education
Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training
1722 N Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 955-1113
www.accet.org

Distance Education and Training Council
1601 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-5100 - Fax: (202) 332-1386
www.detc.org

Liberal Education
American Academy for Liberal Education
1015 18th Street NW, Suite 204
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 452-8611 - Fax: (202) 452-8620

Montessori Education
American Montessori Society Review Committee
P.O. Box 278
Oxford, MD 21654
(410) 226-5527 - Fax: (410) 226-0177

Occupational, Trade, and Technical Education
Council on Occupational Education
41 Perimeter Center East, NE, Suite 640
Atlanta, GA 30346
(800) 917-2081 - Fax: (770) 396-3790

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology
2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 302
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 247-4212 - Fax: (703) 247-4533

Teacher Education
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-7496 - Fax: (202) 296-6620
www.ncate.org

Law

American Bar Association
Indiana University
550 West North Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 264-8340 - Fax: (317) 264-8355

Medicine and Health

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Accreditation Commission for Schools and Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
1010 Wayne Avenue
Suite 1270
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 608-9680 - Fax: (301) 608-9576

Allied Health
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
2700 South Quincy Street
Suite 210
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 998-1200 - Fax: (703) 998-2550
Accredits programs for Medical Laboratory Technician and Medical Assistant

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
35 East Wacker Drive
Suite 1970
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 553-9355 - Fax: (312) 553-9616

Serves as a coordinating agency for the accreditation of programs in Anesthesiologist Assisting, Athletic Training, Blood Bank Technology, Cardiovascular Technology, Cytotechnology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Electroneurodiagnostic Technology, Emergency Medical Services, Kinesiotherapy, Medical Assisting, Medical Illustration, Health Information, Opthalmic Medical Technician, Orthotics and Prosthetics, Perfusion, Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Assisting, and Surgical Technology.

Chiropractic
The Council on Chiropractic Education
7975 North Hayden Road
Suite A-210
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(602) 443-8877 - Fax: (602) 483-7333

Dentistry
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Ave.
18th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 440-2500 - Fax: (312) 440-2915

Dietetics
American Dietetic Association
216 West Jackson Blvd.
Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 899-4870 - Fax: (312) 899-1658
www.eatright.com

Health Services Administration
Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration
1911 North Fort Myer Drive
Suite 503
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 524-0511 - Fax: (703) 525-4791

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
8410 West Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 670
Chicago, IL 60631
(312) 714-8880 - Fax: (312) 714-8886
Accredits programs for Histologic Technician, Medical Laboratory Technician, Medical Technology, and Pathologists's Assistant

Medical Schools
American Medical Association
515 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 464-4657 - Fax: (312) 464-5830
www.ama-assn.org
The accreditor for medical schools in odd-numbered years.

Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 828-0596 - Fax: (202) 828-1125
www.aamc.org
The accreditor for medical schools in even-numbered years.

Naturopathy
Council on Naturopathic Medical Education
P.O. Box 11426
Eugene, OR 97440
(503) 484-6028

Nuclear Medicine Technology
Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs
in Nuclear Medicine Technology
1144 West 3300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
(801) 364-4310 - Fax: (801) 364-9234

Nursing
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
222 Prospect Ave., Suite 304
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(708) 692-7050 - Fax: (708) 692-7137

American College of Nurse-Midwives
818 Connecticut Ave. NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 728-9877 - Fax: (202) 728-9897

National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Reproductive Health
1090 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 728-9877 - Fax: (202) 728-9897

National League for Nursing, Inc.
350 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(800) 669-1656 - Fax: (212) 989-3710

Optometry and Opticianry
American Optometric Association
243 North Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 991-4100 - Fax: (314) 991-4101

Commission on Opticianry Accreditation
10111 Martin Luther King Jr. Hwy., Suite 100
Bowie, MD 20720
(301) 459-8075 - Fax: (301) 577-3880

Osteopathy
American Osteopathic Association
142 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-5800 - Fax: (312) 280-3860

Pharmacy
American Council on Pharmaceutical Education
311 West Superior
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 664-3575 - Fax: (312) 664-4652

Physical Therapy
American Physical Therapy Association
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 684-3245 - Fax: (703) 684-7344

Podiatry
American Podiatric Medical Association
9312 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 571-9200 - Fax: (301) 530-2752

Public Health
Council on Education for Public Health
1015 15th Street NW, Suite 403
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 789-1050 - Fax: (202) 789-1895

Radiologic Technology
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 704-5300 - Fax: (312) 704-5304
www.jrcert.org

Veterinary Medicine
American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 North Meacham Road
Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(800) 248-2862 - Fax: (847) 925-1329

Religion

Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges
P.O. Box 1523
Fayetteville, AR 72702
(501) 521-8164 - Fax: (501) 521-9202

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges
P.O. Box 328, Forest Square
Forest, VA 24551
(804) 525-9539 - Fax: (804) 525-9538

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103
Decatur, GA 30033-4611
(404) 320-1472 - Fax: (404) 320-0849

Commission on Certification and Accreditation
United States Catholic Conference
3501 South Lake Drive, P.O. Box 07058
Milwaukee, WI 53207
(414) 486-0138 - Fax: (414) 489-0006
(Recognized by CHEA but not by US Department of Education)

Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools
175 Fifth Avenue, Room 711
New York, NY 10010
(212) 477-0950 - Fax: (212) 533-5335

Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
(412) 788-6505 - Fax: (412) 788-6510

Science and Engineering

Computer Science
Computing Science Accreditation Board, Inc.
2 Landmark Square, Suite 209
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 975-1117 - Fax: (203) 975-1222
www.csab.org
(Recognized by CHEA but not by US Department of Education)

Engineering
Accrediting Board for Engineering & Technology
111 Market Place, Suite 1050
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 347-7700 - Fax: (410) 625-2238

Environment
National Environmental Health Science & Protection
Accreditation Council
6307 Huntover Lane
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 231-5205

Forestry
Society of American Foresters
5400 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 897-8720 - Fax: (301) 897-3690
(Recognized by CHEA but not by US Department of Education)

Industrial Technology
National Association of Industrial Technology
3300 Washtenaw Ave., Suite 220
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(313) 677-0720 - Fax: (313) 677-2407
(Recognized by CHEA but not by US Department of Education)

Microbiology
American Academy of Microbiology
1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 942-9225 - Fax: (202) 942-6932
(Recognized by CHEA but not by US Department of Education)

Social Sciences

Marriage and Family Therapy
American Assoc. for Marriage and Family Therapy
1133 15th Street NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 452-0109 - Fax: (202) 223-2329
www.aamft.org
(Recognized by CHEA but not by US Department of Education)

Occupational Therapy
American Occupational Therapy Association
4720 Montgomery Lane
P.O. Box 31220
Bethesda, MD 20824
(301) 652-2682 - Fax: (301) 652-7711

Psychology
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 336-5979 - Fax: (202) 336-5978
www.apa.org/ed/accred.html

Social Work
Council on Social Work Education
1600 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-8080 - Fax: (703) 683-8099
www.cswe.org
(Recognized by CHEA but not by US Department of Education)

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
10801 Rockville Place
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 897-5700 - Fax: (301) 571-0457
www.asha.org

Vocational and Practical Fields

Construction
American Council for Construction Education
1300 Hudson Lane, Suite 3
Monroe, LA 71201
(318) 323-2413 - Fax: (318) 323-2413
(Recognized by CHEA but not by US Department of Education)

Cosmetology
National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology
Arts and Sciences
901 North Stuart Street
Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 527-7600

Culinary Arts
American Culinary Federation Education Institute
959 Melvin Road
Annapolis, MD 21403
(410) 268-8375 - Fax: (410) 263-3110
(Recognized by CHEA but not by US Department of Education)

Funeral Service
American Board of Funeral Service Education
13 Gurnet Road, #316
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 798-5801 - Fax: (207) 798-5988

Interior Design
Foundation for Interior Design Education Research
146 Monroe Center NW
Suite 1318
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2822
(616) 458-0400 - Fax: (616) 458-0460
www.fider.org
Recognized by CHEA but not by US Department of Education)

Journalism and Communications
Accrediting Council on Education
in Journalism and Mass Communications
University of Kansas School of Journalism
Stauffer-Flint Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
(913) 864-3986 - Fax: (913) 864-5225
www.ukans.edu/~acejmc

Librarianship
American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 944-6780 - Fax (312) 280-2433
www.ala.org
(Recognized by CHEA but not by US Department of Education)

Recognized State-Run Accrediting Agencies

New York State Board of Regents
State Department of Education
University of the State of New York
Albany, NY 12224
(518) 474-5844
www.nysed.gov/regents/