Online Degrees and Accreditation

The trend of obtaining a degree through an online program is becoming increasingly popular, consequently drawing more attention particularly of students seeking relief in the traditional educational systems.

Unluckily, many students don’t brood about performing an appropriate research in addition to gathering information pertaining to this matter, which certainly results in the determination of a wrong choice. Therefore, it is quite important for all students to examine all points before experiencing the typical registration process. There are various distance-learning courses that make it quite complicated for the students to come up with the most feasible option. It’s important to understand that having blind faith in the bog claims made by any school before finding out its accreditation rank is a terrible mistake. Certainly, it’s simply the accredited institutes that have the power to make your future brighter and safer. Going for an institute that holds no accreditation is an option full of insecurity and risks. When talking about the term, “accreditation” in the US, one needs to understand that it is basically categorized into two levels i.e. national regional. On the contrary, Specialized Accreditation is another form though not that common. The two accreditation levels i.e. regional and national are totally persuasive and legitimate but are different in terms of their nature. Fundamentally, accreditation at the regional level is confined to a certain section of the country with supervising bodies having the U.S. Department of Education or Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s support. National accreditation bodies grant official recognition to an institute having interest in obtaining accredited. There are more than a few national accreditation bodies in the country. As far as specialized accreditation is concerned, the accreditation is granted by certain accredited institutes or schools, usually at the specialized level. Taking an example, certain medical institutes entertain specialized accreditation for providing license to function as pharmacists or physicians. The two main forms of accreditation have certain similarities. Initially, the two kinds employ comparable procedures that schools looking for accreditation are required to experience. After the bodies have performed a thorough study on all the instructive factors of the schools, the accreditation is granted to the particular institutes. The two agencies (regional and national) are non profit bodies. In addition, the two forms entertain the facility of offering financial backing to students through loans or additional resources. Conversely, the two forms have certain dissimilarities as well. A significant difference is the accreditation level i.e. regional agencies manage conventional schools and colleges limited to a specific section. In the same way, national accreditation bodies deal with the interested institutes having common themes and motives. It needs to be kept in mind that both regional and national accreditation will satisfy your demands. The approval of past qualifications or degrees when seeking entry in an institution is yet one more issue to be considered. Lastly, bear in mind that most hiring agencies will hire you just because your study background is accredited and they don’t care whether it’s regional or national accreditation.

About the Author

Sheila Danzig is founder of, and Career Consulting International, and BG Publishing International. The books she has written include, One Year to Your College Degree, The Big Book of College Scholarship and Financial Aid Information, Power Publicity, Invisible Marketing, How to Make the Most of Your Associate Degree, and others