What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter?

Posted By Staff Writer on December 9, 2011

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 you can download as a PDF file here. This brochure lists questions you should be asking to ensure you are making smart choices.

You might also want to ask other questions as well:

  • “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?”

Independence University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy program at Independence University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). For more information on Independence University accreditation, visit our Accreditation page.