The Purpose of Accreditation

The following short article is written to provide general advice about online education and degrees, not just information specific to WGU. If you have specific questions about WGU, feel free to inquire online or speak with an enrollment counselor (1-866-225-5948).

The Purpose of Accreditation

The accreditation status of a university reveals important information about the quality of education and the degree you receive from the university. A school that has been accredited by a private, non-governmental organization, which, in turn, has been reviewed by the United States Department of Education (USDE), provides a high-quality education recognized by employers and other colleges.

Why Is Accreditation Important?

The accreditation organizations provide standards of evaluation to measure the quality of an education. Accreditation programs encourage schools to improve their quality of education as they strive for accreditation. They ensure the accountability of colleges and university and give the public confidence in those institutions.

What Does Accreditation Mean to Students in an Online Degree Program?

Accreditation programs were established to independently evaluate the quality of degree programs in a variety of areas, from curricula to student support services. As you shop around and compare online degree programs, you’ll know that accredited universities all provide a specific standard of education.

Knowing this, you can select the school that offers the degree programs you desire, the courses you want to take, and the style of learning you prefer. Consider earning an accredited degree online to enjoy the flexibility, convenience and affordability of distance learning.