What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter?

By Staff Writer Published on December 9, 2011

When researching colleges, the word accreditation comes up all the time. Everyone says that it’s important, but what does it actually mean? And more importantly, why does it matter?

To understand what accreditation means, just think of accreditation as a watchdog for the educational system. It ensures that the school or program lives up to the promises it makes to its students. Accreditation does extensive evaluations for you.

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation has created a very helpful brochure that answers those questions, and you can download it as a PDF file here. This brochure also lists questions you should be asking any prospective school to ensure you are making smart choices.

Some of the sample questions you’ll see include:

  • “What will the total costs be for me to earn credentials?”
  • “What are the odds of getting a job in this field when I finish school?”
  • “What is the likely salary of this school’s graduates?”


This brochure can be a great help to make sure you choose the right accredited college for you.

CollegeAmerica is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). For more information on CollegeAmerica accreditation, visit our Accreditation page.