Why is Accreditation Important?

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If you’ve looked at Harris School of Business‘ website, you’ve likely noticed that we’re accredited. It’s part why Harris is a respected business school among the many places you could seek an education in the most employable career paths. So why is accreditation a big deal? Why should you attend an accredited school?

What is Accreditation?

Harris School of Business is accredited by several different bodies, depending upon the degree program.

Naturally, every school claims to be “the best” at educating their students. But accrediting organizations verify how they prepare students for their future careers. Accrediting organizations  provide a non-biased, third party assessment of the claims a school makes as to the quality of their education. They ensure that schools meets those levels of quality–that they do as they say.

What Accrediting Organizations Do Not Do

To further clarify the role of accreditation bodies, they do not:

  • tell a school to use a certain curriculum
  • censor what teachers say in the classroom
  • determine how instructors lead classes
  • guarantee that graduates will become employed
  • change the operation of the school
  • compare schools to other schools
  • close down schools that do not meet accreditation criteria
  • deny federal funding to schools that don’t pass muster
  • punish or demote schools that achieve accreditation

How Does Accrediting Work?

Schools voluntarily begin the accrediting process. Accreditation is not a requirement. The third-party accrediting body reviews the school’s coursework, processes and documentation to ensure that they fulfill the objectives and mission they have set for themselves as an educator.

Why is an Accredited School Preferable?

Although a non-accredited school may very well provide a sound education, an accredited school offers many advantages. They include:

  • Most grants and loans apply to only accredited schools
  • Should you decide to take further education, accredited schools’ credits are more readily transferrable to other schools.
  • Potential employers likely respect an accredited degree more than a non-accredited degree. They can feel more assured that your education provides you with the knowledge and experience you need to excel.
  • Quality Assurance. Accreditation assures potential students that the coursework they undertake will offer them sufficient academic rigor. They can feel confident that the school isn’t a “diploma mill” that offers undeserved credentials. Students in their programs know their money and time are well spent.

Harris School of Business believes in education as a valuable tool in achieving your career goals. We undertook and maintained credentialing to ensure that any student interested in achieving their academic and employment goals through studying at Harris can know that their time with us will prove beneficial.