|If you are studying a common academic subject (Math,|
English, or History, for example), your best bet is to make
sure that your school is accredited by one of the six
regional accrediting agencies recognized by the National
Board of Education.
These are the same agencies that grant regular public and
private universities their accreditation. Find out which
state your online program is operating from, and then look
to see what regional agency grants accreditation to that
state. The following agencies are recognized as being
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
Accredits schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Europe, Africa, Asia, and
the Middle East
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA)
Accredits schools in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,
Navajo Nation, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio,
Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and
Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA)
Accredits schools in Delaware, District of Columbia,
Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico,
US Virgin Islands, Central America, Europe, and the Middle
Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS)
Accredits schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Latin America
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Accredits schools in California, Hawaii, Guam, American
Samoa, Palau, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Marshall
Islands, and other Australasian locations
Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWCCU)
Accredits schools in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada,
Oregon, Utah, and Washington
If you earn a degree from an online school that is
accredited by one of these associations, you can be assured
that it will be as valid as a degree from any regular
university. Most employers will automatically accept your
If you are pursing a degree in an academic subject and the
school of your choice is not accredited by one of these
institutions, you may want to consider switching schools.
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