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Accrediting Agencies

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that higher education institutions meet acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies are private educational associations of regional or national scope that develop criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met. Institutions or programs that meet an agency's criteria are thereby "accredited."

This is a listing of the regional, national, and specialized accreditation agencies recognized by the US Department of Education and CHEA.

Regional Institutional Accredting Agencies

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)
The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges is the regional accreditation agency for colleges and universities in the six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Two institutions in Greece, three in Switzerland, and one in Bulgaria, Bermuda, and Lebanon, respectively, are also affiliated with CIHE.

The Commission consists of faculty and administrators from affiliated institutions and public members. It is served by a staff led by Dr. Barbara Brittingham.

The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education for the institutions it accredits. The Commission is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), affirming that its Standards and processes are consistent with the quality, improvement, and accountability expectations that CHEA has established.

Barbara E. Brittingham, President/Director
209 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA 01730
Phone: (781) 271-0022
Fax: (781) 271-0950
E-mail: CIHE@neasc.org

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions (NEASC-CTCI)
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges’ Commission on Technical and Career Institutions accredits member institutions to assure the public about the quality of a particular institution and to enter into a partnership with it for its self-improvement.

Accreditation is achieved by applying the Commission’s Standards of Membership through a deliberate process of voluntary self-regulation and peer review, including institutional self-study and evaluation, accompanied by Commission examination and analysis leading to accreditation at the institutional level.

The Commission’s evaluation and accreditation activities are directed to secondary and postsecondary institutions whose mission is career and technical in nature. Geographically, the Commission limits its scope to institutions in the New England States; the Commission sets no international limits. At the postsecondary level, non-degree, associate degree and baccalaureate degree granting institutions are currently included in the Commission’s scope. Effective May 2003, all degree granting institutions currently accredited by CTCI have begun a transition to the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). This transition process is expected to be completed by the end of 2008.

Paul Bento, Director
William C. Warren, Associate Director of Degree Institutions
209 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA 01730
Phone: (781) 271-0022
Fax: (781) 271-0950
E-mail: pbento@neasc.org
E-mail: wwarren@neasc.org

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC)
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation and one of two Commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits, and thereby grants membership in the Commission and in the North Central Association, to degree-granting educational institutions in the North Central region: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Sylvia Manning, President
30 North LaSalle, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 263-0456
Fax: (312) 263-7462
E-mail: info@hlcommission.org


Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Regional accreditation of postsecondary institutions is a voluntary, non-governmental, self-regulatory process of quality assurance and institutional improvement. It recognizes higher education institutions for performance, integrity, and quality to merit the confidence of the educational community and the public. Accreditation or preaccreditation by a postsecondary regional accrediting agency qualifies institutions and enrolled students for access to federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid.

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed.

The Commission oversees regional accreditation for 163 institutions. Its decision-making body consists of up to twenty-six Commissioners who represent the public and the diversity of higher education institutions within the Northwest region.

Sandra E. Elman, President
8060 165th Avenue, NE, Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: (425) 558-4224
Fax: (425) 376-0596
E-mail: selman@nwccu.org

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS)
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. The Commission’s mission is the enhancement of educational quality throughout the region and it strives to improve the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that institutions meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. The Commission also accepts applications from other international institutions of higher education.

Belle S. Wheelan, President
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033
Phone: (404) 679-4500
Fax: (404) 679-4528
E-mail: bwheelan@sacscoc.org

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASC-ACCJC)
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) accredits associate degree granting institutions in California, Hawaii, the Territories of Guam and American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. ACCJC is one of three commissions under the corporate entity known as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Barbara A. Beno, President
10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204
Novato, CA 94949
Phone: (415) 506-0234
Fax: (415) 506-0238
E-mail: accjc@accjc.org

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC-ACSCU)
The Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities is responsible for the evaluation of the quality and effectiveness of colleges and universities offering the baccalaureate degree and above in California, Hawaii, Guam and the Pacific Basin.

Ralph A. Wolff, President and Executive Director
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 748-9001
Fax: (510) 748-9797
E-mail: wascsr@wascsenior.org

National Institutional and Specialized Accrediting Bodies

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is the national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit Master's-level programs in the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession. As an independent body, ACAOM accredits first professional Master's degree and professional Master's level certificate and diploma programs in acupuncture and first professional Master's degree and professional Master's level certificate and diploma programs in Oriental medicine with a concentration in both acupuncture and herbal therapies. The Commission fosters excellence in acupuncture and Oriental medicine education by establishing policies and standards that govern the accreditation process for acupuncture and Oriental medicine programs. Currently, ACAOM has over 60 schools and colleges with accredited or candidacy status with the Commission.

Dort S. Bigg, Executive Director
Maryland Trade Center 3
7501 Greenway Center Drive, Suite 820
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Phone: (301) 313-0855
Fax: (301) 313-0912
E-mail: dort.bigg@acaom.org

 

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
As a leader in health education accreditation for over 40 years, ABHES has been nationally recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a private, non-profit, independent accrediting agency since 1968. It has been at the forefront of advancing the quality of health education programs throughout the country.

ABHES enhances the quality of education and training and promotes institutional and programmatic accountability through systematic and consistent program evaluation. Its key is to assure the quality of the programs it accredits, and assist in the improvement of the programs. This quality-determination is accomplished by rigorous and systematic evaluation based on valid standards.

The goals of ABHES focus on three key areas: recognition, resources, and service; all of which it believes are essential and paramount to achieving its mission.

Carol Moneymaker, Executive Director
7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314N
Falls Church, VA 22043
Phone: (703) 917-9503
Fax: (703) 917-4109
E-mail: CMoneymaker@abhes.org

National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
NASAD, founded in 1944, is an organization of schools, colleges, and universities. It has approximately 290 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.

Institutional Membership is gained only through the peer review process of accreditation. Individual Membership is available by application.

NASAD provides information to potential students and parents, consultations, statistical information, professional development; and policy analysis.

Samuel Hope, Executive Director
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: (703) 437-0700
Fax: (703) 437-6312
E-mail: info@arts-accredit.org

Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation
The Association for Biblical higher Education is a North American agency. Comprises approximately 200 postsecondary institutions throughout North America specializing in biblical ministry formation and professional leadership education.

Ralph E. Enlow, Jr, Interim Executive Director
5575 S. Semoran Boulevard, Suite 26
Orlando, FL 32822-1781
Phone: (407) 207-0808
Fax: (407) 207-0840
E-mail: renlow@abhe.org

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Founded in 1912, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) is one of the most respected and longest established national accreditor of academic institutions in the United States. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

The scope of ACICS recognition by the Secretary of Education is defined as accreditation of private postsecondary institutions offering certificates or diplomas, and postsecondary institutions offering associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degrees in programs designed to educate students for professional, technical, or occupational careers, including those that offer those programs via distance education.

ACICS currently accredits more than 680 institutions throughout the United States and more than a dozen foreign countries enrolling approximately 650,000 students. ACICS is a not for profit organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia with offices maintained in the District of Columbia.

Sheryl L. Moody, Executive Director
750 First Street, NE, Suite 980
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-6780
Fax: (202) 842-2593
E-mail: smoody@acics.org

The Council on Chiropractic Education, Commission on Accreditation
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) is the agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education for accreditation of programs and institutions offering the doctor of chiropractic degree. CCE seeks to insure the quality of chiropractic education in the United States by means of accreditation, educational improvement and public information. CCE develops accreditation criteria to assess how effectively programs or institutions plan, implement and evaluate their mission and goals, program objectives, inputs, resources and outcomes of their chiropractic programs. The CCE is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) and is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA).

Martha S. O'Connor, Executive Director
8049 N. 85th Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85258-4321
Phone: (480) 443-8877
Fax: (480) 483-7333
E-mail: cce@cce-usa.org

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission
Welcome to the home page of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. TRACS is recognized by both the United States Department of Education, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, as a national accrediting body for Christian institutions, colleges, universities, and seminaries. TRACS is also a member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education. TRACS is a voluntary, non-profit, self-governing organization that provides accreditation to Christian postsecondary institutions offering associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees.

TRACS was established in 1971 to promote the welfare, interests, and development of postsecondary institutions, whose mission is characterized by a distinctly Christian purpose, as defined in our Foundational Standards. TRACS encourages each affiliated institution to develop its own distinctives, while providing quality postsecondary education within the context of spiritual development. TRACS institutions place emphasis on high academic standards as well as Christian values.

Today, TRACS provides academic accreditation to many of America's finest Christian institutions of higher learning. Whether you are a prospective student, looking for quality Christian education, or an institution of academia, seeking the affiliation and accreditation of a respected organization, TRACS offers the resources to meet your needs. Please take time to review our online directory of member institutions, and our information for accreditation applicants. We would be happy to answer any questions or discuss ways to help you achieve your educational goals.

Russell Guy Fitzgerald, Jr., Executive Director
P.O. Box 328
Forest, VA 24551
Phone: (434) 525-9539
Fax: (434) 525-9538
E-mail: rfitzgerald@tracs.org

Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training
ACCET was founded in 1974 for the purpose of improving continuing education and training and has been officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1978 as a “reliable authority” as to the quality of education and training provided by the institutions we accredit. In 1998, ACCET became the only recognized accrediting agency to be certified as an ISO 9001-Quality Management System, under the international standards established by the International Organization for Standardization, and continues to hold that unique status.

Accreditation serves the interests of companies, agencies, and the public through the establishment of standards, policies, and procedures in conjunction with an objective third-party professional evaluation designed to identify and inspire sound education and training practices. When such a process is matched by an institution’s commitment to high standards and accountability, a partnership for quality becomes reality.

Roger J. Williams, Executive Director
1722 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 955-1113
Fax: (202) 955-1118
E-mail: rjwilliams@accet.org

National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences
The National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) is an autonomous, independent accrediting commission constituted as a nonprofit Delaware corporation, with its main office located in Alexandria, Virginia. The Commission’s origins date back to 1969, when two accrediting agencies in the field merged to form the Cosmetology Accrediting Commission (CAC). CAC changed its name to “NACCAS” in 1981.

NACCAS is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a national agency for the institutional accreditation of postsecondary schools and departments of cosmetology arts and sciences, including specialized schools. It presently accredits approximately 1,300 institutions that serve over 120,000 students. These schools offer over twenty (20) courses and programs of study that fall under NACCAS’ scope of accreditation.

Christopher Walck, Executive Director
4401 Ford Avenue, Suite 1300
Arlington, VA 22303
Phone: (703) 600-7600
Fax: (703) 379-2200
E-mail: cwalck@naccas.org

National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
NASD, founded in 1981, is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities. It has approximately 71 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.

Samuel Hope, Executive Director
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: (703) 437-0700
Fax: (703) 437-6312
E-mail: info@arts-accredit.org

American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
The ADA was established in 1859. Today, we have more than 155,000 dentist members. AS the world's largest and oldest national dental association, we are the oral health authority committed to both the public and the dental profession.

David M. Preble, Director
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue, 18th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 440-2500
Toll-free: (800) 621-8099
Fax: (312) 440-2915
E-mail: prebled@ada.org

American Dietetic Association, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
The Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education is ADA's accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians or dietetic technicians, registered.
 
CADE exists to serve the public by establishing and enforcing eligibility requirements and accreditation standards that ensure the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs. Programs meeting those standards are accredited by CADE.

Beverly E. Mitchell, Director
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: (312) 899-4872
Fax: (312) 899-4817
E-mail: bmitchell@eatright.org

Distance Education and Training Council, Accrediting Commission
The DETC is a voluntary, non-governmental, educational organization that operates a nationally recognized accrediting association, the DETC Accrediting Commission.

The DETC Accrediting Commission defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence in distance education institutions. The Commission is dedicated to fostering quality assurance, protection of the rights of the students and institutional self-improvement through voluntary accreditation via peer evaluation. DETC accreditation aims to instill public confidence in DETC institutions' missions, goals, performances, and resources through rigorous application and peer-developed accreditation standards.


Michael P. Lambert, Executive Director
1601 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 234-5100
Fax: (202) 332-1386
E-mail: detc@detc.org

 

Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
The mission of the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) is to promote excellence in the field of English language teaching and administration through accreditation of English language programs and institutions worldwide. CEA achieves its mission by using widely-held standards to foster continuous program development through a rigorous process of regular self-assessment and peer evaluation.

Teresa D. O'Donnell, Executive Director
1725 Duke Street, Suite 500
Alexandria, VA 22314-3457
Phone: (703) 519-2070
Fax: (703) 683-8099
E-mail: todonnell@cea-accredit.org 

American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation
(ABFSE) serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science Education. ABFSE is the sole accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation
in this field.

Michael Smith, Executive Director
3432 Ashland Avenue, Suite U
St. Joseph, MO 64506
Phone: (816) 233-3747
Fax: (816) 233-3793
E-mail: exdir@abfse.org

Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
Welcome to the online home of the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) an interdisciplinary group of educational, professional, clinical, and commercial organizations devoted to accountability and quality improvement in the education of healthcare management and administration professionals.

CAHME serves the public good through promoting, evaluating, and improving the quality of graduate healthcare management education in the United States and Canada. Through our partnership between academe and the field of practice, CAHME serves universities and programs in a voluntary peer review process as a means to continuously improve graduate education. In doing so, CAHME accreditation becomes the benchmark by which students and employers determine the integrity of healthcare management education and establishes the standard of measurement for the world community.

This commitment has been made by leading professional associations and colleges that serve as sponsoring organizations for CAHME. Students entering CAHME accredited programs are assured of appropriate content, high standards of quality, and membership in a network of professional colleagues that transcends boundaries of universities and professional associations and colleges.

Pamela S. Jenness
Director of Accreditation Operations
2000 14th Street North, Suite 780
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 894-0960
Fax: (703) 894-0941
E-mail: pjenness@cahme.org

 

American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Welcome to the American Bar Association, the largest voluntary professional association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.

Hulett H. Askew
Consultant on Legal Education, ABA
321 North Clark Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60610-4714
Phone: (312) 988-6746
Fax: (312) 988-5681
E-mail: askewh@staff.abanet.org

American Academy for Liberal Education
The American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) is a national association that accredits institutions offering quality general education programs in the liberal arts that meet the Academy's stringent educational, administrative, and financial criteria.  Led by President Jeffrey Wallin, AALE is unique in the accreditation community in grounding the entire institutional or program accreditation process on a rigorous set of Education Standards.  A major purpose of the Academy is the accreditation of liberal arts institutions in order to enable them to participate in programs authorized under the Higher Education Act and other Federal programs.  Universities, colleges, or liberal arts programs within such institutions may apply for AALE accreditation.

Accreditation by AALE signifies institutional integrity and a strong commitment to liberal education.  Membership certifies that the institution meets or exceeds the Academy's independently established Education Standards.  These standards require students to complete demanding core studies in the arts, sciences, and humanities taught by senior as well as junior faculty.  Consequently, AALE's Education Standards provide stakeholders in higher education, including parents and prospective students, with a clear means for identifying curricula with a focused, well-articulated core of languages, history, mathematics, science, literature, philosophy, and other elements of a liberal education.

AALE is listed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized national accrediting agency for the accreditation and preaccreditation of institutions of higher education and programs within institutions of higher education that offer liberal arts degrees at the baccalaureate level.  The Academy is located in the nation's capital and is non-profit, non-partisan, and non-sectarian.

Jeffrey D. Wallin, President
1050 17th Street, N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 452-8611
Fax: (202) 452-8620
E-mail: jwallin@aale.or

 

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy. We represent the professional interests of more than 24,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

Since our founding in 1942, the AAMFT has been involved with the problems, needs and changing patterns of couples and family relationships. The association leads the way to increasing understanding, research and education in the field of marriage and family therapy, and ensuring that the public's needs are met by trained practitioners. The AAMFT provides individuals with the tools and resources they need to succeed as marriage and family therapists.

Jeff S. Harmon, Director of Accreditation Services
112 South Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3061
Phone: (703) 253-0459
Fax: (703) 253-0508
E-mail: jharmon@aamft.org

 

Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation
The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) accredits both educational institutions and programs offering instruction in massage therapy and bodywork. The organization was formed to establish and maintain the quality and integrity of the profession. In 2002, COMTA was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a specialized accrediting agency, an acknowledgement of its expertise in ensuring quality education and allowing programs to access federal student aid funds.

Steve Fridley, Executive Director
Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation
1007 Church Street, Suite 302
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (202) 895-1518
E-mail: stevefridley@comta.org

Liaison Committee on Medical Education
The American Medical Association helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional and public health issues.

Frank A. Simon, Secretary
Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association
515 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 464-4657
Fax: (312) 464-5830
E-mail: frank_simon@ama-assn.org

Robert H. Eaglen, Interim Secretary
Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 828-0596
Fax: (202) 828-1125
E-mail: reaglen@aamc.org

 

Midwifery Education Accreditation Council
The Midwifery Education Accreditation Council's mission is to promote excellence in midwifery education through accreditation. It creates standards and criteria for the education of midwives. MEAC standards incorporate the nationally recognized core competencies and guiding principles set by the Midwives Alliance of North America and the requirements for national certification of the North American Registry of Midwives.

The purpose of MEAC is to establish standards for the education of competent midwives, and to provide a process for self-evaluation and peer evaluation for diverse educational programs. MEAC is a non-profit organization approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

Mary Ann Baul, Executive Director
20 E. Cherry Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86001-4607
Phone: (360) 466-2080
E-mail: info@meacschools.org

 

Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, Commission on Accreditation
MACTE is the premier international standard-setting and accrediting body for Montessori teacher education. MACTE honors diversity and encourages collaboration among it's constituents.

Gretchen Warner, Executive Director
524 Main Street, Suite 202
Racine, WI 53403
Phone: (262) 898-1846
Fax: (262) 898-1849
E-mail: warner@macte.org

National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Non-Degree-Granting Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
NASM is an association of approximately 625 schools of music, primarily at the collegiate level, but also including postsecondary non-degree-granting schools of music.

It is the national accrediting agency for music and music-related disciplines.

The Association also provides information to the public. It produces statistical research, provides professional development for leaders of music schools, and engages in policy analysis.

Samuel Hope, Executive Director
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: (703) 437-0700
Fax: (703) 437-6312
E-mail: info@arts-accredit.org

Council on Naturopathic Medical Education
The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education’s mission is quality assurance: serving the public by accrediting naturopathic medical education programs that voluntarily seek recognition that they meet or exceed CNME’s standards. Students and graduates of programs accredited or preaccredited (candidacy) by CNME are eligible to apply for the naturopathic licensing examinations administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE), and are generally eligible for state and provincial licensure in the U.S. and Canada.

Daniel Seitz, Executive Director
P.O. Box 178
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Phone: (413) 528-8877
Fax: (413) 528-8880
E-mail: council@cnme.org

Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
The Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) is the nationally recognized accrediting agency for educational programs for nuclear medicine technologists. Educational programs that meet or exceed the minimum standards stated in the Essentials and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Nuclear Medicine Technologist are granted an accreditation status by the JRCNMT, providing public recognition of such achievement. Program accreditation is recognized as providing a basic assurance of the scope and quality of professional preparation.

Elaine Cuklanz, Executive Director
716 Black Point Road
P.O. Box 1149
Polson, MT 59860-1149
Phone: (406) 883-0003
Fax: (406) 883-0022
E-mail: jrcnmt@centurytel.net

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Founded in 1931 and located in Park Ridge, Ill., the AANA is the professional organization for more than 90 percent of the nation’s CRNAs. As advanced practice nurses, CRNAs administer approximately 30 million anesthetics in the United States each year. CRNAs practice in every setting where anesthesia is available and are the sole anesthesia providers in more than two-thirds of all rural hospitals. They administer every type of anesthetic, and provide care for every type of surgery or procedure, from open heart to cataract to pain management.

In this section, you will learn more about both the profession of nurse anesthesia and the national association that serves it. You will also learn about what it takes to become a member of the AANA and the affiliations the AANA has with other organizations.

Francis Gerbasi
Director of Accreditation and Education
222 South Prospect, Suite 304
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4010
Phone: (847) 692-7050 ext. 3154
Fax: (847) 692-7137
E-mail: fgerbasi@aana.com

American College of Nurse-Midwives, Division of Accreditation
With roots dating to 1929, the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is the oldest women's health care organization in the U.S. ACNM is the professional association that represents Certified Nurse-Midwives and Certified Midwives in the United States. ACNM provides research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, establishes clinical practice standards, creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress.

The mission of ACNM is to promote the health and well-being of women and infants within their families and communities through the development and support of the profession of midwifery as practiced by certified nurse-midwives, and certified midwives. The philosophy inherent in the profession states that nurse-midwives believe every individual has the right to safe, satisfying health care with respect for human dignity and cultural variations.

Diane Boyer
Chair, ACNM Division of Accreditation
Nurse-Midwifery Program
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (240) 485-1845
Fax: (240) 485-1818
E-mail: dboyer@luc.edu

National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health, Council on Accreditation
The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health was founded in 1980. NPWH's mission is to assure the provision of quality health care to women of all ages by nurse practitioners. NPWH defines quality health care to be inclusive of an individual's physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

NPWH recognizes and respects women as decision-makers for their health care. NPWH's mission includes protecting and promoting a woman's right to make her own choices regarding her health within the context of her personal, religious, cultural, and family beliefs.

NPWH represents nurse practitioners that provide care to women in the primary care setting as well as in women's health specialty practices.

NPWH is a trusted source of information on nurse practitioner education, practice, and women's health issues. NPWH works with a wide range of individuals and groups within nursing, medicine, the health care industry, and the women's health community.

Susan Wysocki, Executive Director
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
505 C Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 543-9693
Fax: (202) 543-9858
E-mail: swy1@aol.com

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self‑regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self‑assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.

Jennifer L. Butlin, Director
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036-1120
Phone: (202) 887-6791
Fax: (202) 887-8476
E-mail: jbutlin@aacn.nche.edu

National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
The NLNAC 2008 Standards and Criteria for clinical doctorate programs in nursing are ready for use in seeking accreditation and can be found in the 2008 Accreditation Manual or downloadable online. Applications are now being accepted for accreditation of DNP programs.

Sharon J. Tanner, Executive Director
61 Broadway
New York, New York 10006
Phone: (800) 669-1656
Fax: (212) 812-0390
E-mail: stanner@nlnac.or

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology
For more than 40 years, ACCSCT has been at the forefront of establishing and advancing quality education at private, postsecondary career schools and colleges. ACCSCT, recognized by the United States Department of Education as a private, non-profit, independent accrediting agency, is dedicated to ensuring a quality education for more than 200,000 students who annually pursue career education at approximately 800 ACCSCT accredited institutions.

ACCSCT’s mission is to serve as a reliable authority on educational quality and to promote enhanced opportunities for students by establishing, sustaining, and enforcing valid standards and practices which contribute to the development of a highly trained and competitive workforce through quality career oriented education.

Elise Scanlon, Executive Director
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 247-4212
Fax: (703) 247-4533
E-mail: escanlon@accsct.org

Council on Occupational Education
The Council on Occupational Education (hereinafter referred to as the Council or COE) came into existence initially in 1971 as the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions (COEI) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a regional accrediting association that serves institutions in an 11-state region. Operating as a unit of SACS, COEI provided accreditation services to postsecondary occupational education institutions located, with a few special exceptions, in the SACS region.

Gary Puckett, Executive Director
41 Perimeter Center East, NE, Suite 640
Atlanta, GA 30346
Phone: (770) 396-3898
Toll-free: (800) 917-2081
Fax: (770) 396-3790
E-mail: puckettg@council.org

American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
AOTA is proud of its 86-year history of accrediting occupational therapy educational programs. AOTA’s current accrediting body, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®), accredits approximately 277 occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs. ACOTE is an active member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and is recognized and fully compliant with all requirements of both the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Neil Harvison, Director of Accreditation
4720 Montgomery Lane
PO Box 31220
Bethesda, MD 20824-1220
Phone: (301) 652-2682 ext. 2912
Fax: (301) 652-7711
E-mail: nharvison@aota.org

American Optometric Association, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
The American Optometric Association represents approximately 36,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians. Optometrists serve patients in nearly 6,500 communities across the country, and in 3,500 of those communities are the only eye doctors. Doctors of optometry provide two-thirds of all primary eye care in the United States.

Founded in 1898, the AOA is a federation of state, student and armed forces optometric associations. Through these affiliations, the AOA serves members consisting of optometrists, students of optometry, paraoptometric assistants and technicians.

Together, the AOA and its affiliates work to provide the public with quality vision and eye care. Through offices in St. Louis, Missouri, and metropolitan Washington, D.C.

Joyce L. Urbeck, Administrative Director
243 North Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: (314) 991-4100 Fax: (314) 991-4101
E-mail: JLUrbeck@aoa.org

American Osteopathic Association, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation
The AOA is a member association representing more than 67,000 osteopathic physicians (D.O.s). The AOA serves as the primary certifying body for D.O.s, and is the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical colleges and health care facilities.

The AOA's mission is to advance the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine by promoting excellence in education, research, and the delivery of quality, cost-effective healthcare within a distinct, unified profession.

Konrad C. Miskowicz-Retz, Director
Department of Education
American Osteopathic Association
142 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 202-8048
Fax: (312) 202-8202
E-mail: kretz@osteopathic.org

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission
The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) is a multicultural, multifaith organization devoted to providing education and improving the quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths through the clinical educational methods of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Teresa E. Snorton, Executive Director
1549 Claremont Road, Suite 103
Decatur, GA 30033-4611
Phone: (404) 320-1472
Fax: (404) 320-0849
E-mail: acpe@acpe.edu

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) is the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE was established in 1932 for the accreditation of pre-service education, and in 1975 its scope of activity was broadened to include accreditation of providers of continuing pharmacy education.

ACPE is an autonomous and independent agency whose Board of Directors is derived through the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) (three appointments each), and the American Council on Education (ACE) (one appointment).

Peter H. Vlasses, Executive Director
20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500
Chicago, IL 60602-5109
Phone: (312) 664-3575
Fax: (312) 664-46522
E-mail: pvlasses@acpe-accredit.org

American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a national professional organization representing more than 72,000 members. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education.

Mary Jane Harris, Director
Department of Accreditation
Trans Potomac Plaza
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 706-3245
Fax: (703) 684-7343
E-mail: maryjaneharris@apta.org

American Podiatric Medical Association, Council on Podiatric Medical Education
The Council on Podiatric Medical Education is an autonomous accrediting agency for podiatric medical education. Deriving its authority from the House of Delegates of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Council is empowered to develop and adopt standards and policies as necessary for the implementation of all aspects of its accreditation, approval, and recognition purview.

Alan R. Tinkleman, Director
9312 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-1621
Phone: (301) 571-9200
Fax: (301) 571-4903
E-mail: artinkleman@apma.org

American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation
The APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation is part of the APA Education Directorate and supports the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) in carrying out its responsibilities as the nationally recognized accrediting body for professional education and training in psychology.

Susan Zlotlow, Director
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Fax: (202) 336-5978
E-mail: szlotlow@apa.org

Council on Education for Public Health
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and certain public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health. These schools and programs prepare students for entry into careers in public health. The primary professional degree is the Master of Public Health (MPH) but other masters and doctoral degrees are offered as well.

Patricia Evans, Executive Director
800 Eye Street, NW, Suite 202
Washington, DC 20001-3710
Phone: (202) 789-1050
Fax: (202) 789-1895
E-mail: patevans@ceph.org

Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools, Accreditation Commission
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and pre-accreditation ("Correspondent" and "Candidate") within the United States of advanced rabbinical and Talmudic schools.

Bernard Fryshman, Executive Vice-President
11 Broadway, Suite 405
New York, New York 10004
Phone: (212) 363-1991
Fax: (212) 533-5335

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Programs accredited by the JRCERT must demonstrate that they are in substantial compliance with the relevant JRCERT accreditation standards: Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiologic Sciences (radiography and radiation therapy), Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Magnetic Resonance, or Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Medical Dosimetry.

Joanne S. Greathouse, Executive Director
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304
E-mail: mail@jrcert.org

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is committed to ensuring that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders receive services to help them communicate effectively.

Patrima L. Tice
Director of Credentialing
10801 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 897-5700
Fax: (301) 571-0457
E-mail: ptice@asha.org

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
NCATE is the teaching profession’s mechanism to help to establish high quality teacher, specialist, and administrator preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching, teachers, school specialists and administrators. NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent and highly qualified teacher.

Arthur Wise, President
2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1023
Phone: (202) 466-7496
Fax: (202) 296-6620
E-mail: ncate@ncate.org

Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
The Teacher Education Accreditation Council is dedicated to helping educator preparation programs improve and be accountable for their quality. Our membership represents a broad range of higher education institutions, from small liberal arts colleges to large research universities. We invite you to explore this site for an overview of TEAC's accreditation process and information on TEAC's accreditation activities and events.

Frank B. Murray, President
One Dupont Circle, Suite 320
Washington, DC 20036-0110
Phone: (202) 466-7236
Fax: (202) 466-7238
E-mail: frank@teac.org

National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
NAST is an association of approximately 162 schools of theatre, primarily at the collegiate level, but also including postsecondary non-degree-granting schools of theatre.

It is the national accrediting agency for theatre and theatre-related disciplines.

The Association also provides information to the public. It produces statistical research, provides professional development for leaders of theatre schools, and engages in policy analysis.

Samuel Hope, Executive Director
11250 Roger Bacon Drive. Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: (703) 437-0700
Fax: (703) 437-6312
E-mail: info@arts-accredit.org


Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) is a membership organization of more than 250 graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines. The Commission on Accrediting of ATS accredits the schools and approves the degree programs they offer.

Daniel O. Aleshire, Executive Director
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103
Phone: (412) 788-6505
Fax: (412) 788-6510
E-mail: ats@ats.edu

American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), established in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 78,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services. Structured to work for its members, the AVMA acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession.

Donald G. Simmons, Director
Education and Research Division
1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: (847) 925-8070
Toll-free: (800) 248-2862
Fax: (847) 925-1329
E-mail: dsimmons@avma.org

New York State Board of Regents, and the Commissioner of Education
The New York State Education Department is part of the University of the State of New York (USNY), one of the most complete, interconnected systems of educational services in the United States.

Our mission is to raise the knowledge, skill, and opportunity of all the people in New York. Our vision is to provide leadership for a system that yields the best educated people in the world.

Richard Mills, Commissioner of Education
State Education Department
The University of the State of New York
Albany, New York 12224
Phone: (518) 474-5844
Fax: (518) 473-4909
E-mail: rmills@mail.nysed.gov

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