Resources on Higher Ed Accreditation and NACIQI

Accreditation is meant to be a symbol of college quality—a signal to prospective students that a program or school has passed rigorous standards. Recognizing the importance of that quality assurance role, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) was established in 1992 to oversee the accreditation process for higher education programs and institutions across the nation.But while the accreditation system holds a large amount of influence on which colleges will be recognized as legitimate, many students and taxpayers are left unaware or confused about what accreditation means for the higher education landscape, and policy experts continue to raise crucial questions about issues with accreditation that can have profound impacts on student success. The time is now to be informed on accreditation and view it as a crucial part of holding institutions accountable, increasing transparency, and ensuring equitable outcomes for students.


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