Accreditation of Canadian and US universities
The quality of American universities is assured by accreditation. By attending an accredited US university, you can be confident that you are obtaining a level of quality education that will be recognized by employers, professional associations, and other universities.
Accreditation in North America
In the USA, private educational associations - recognized by the US government - determine and regulate the educational standards of American universities. Universities that meet and maintain these standards are considered accredited. Many employers, other universities, and governments around the world, do not recognize degrees from unaccredited US universities.
In Canada, there is no national accreditation of higher education. Universities are regulated by provincial government, not by the Canadian federal government. Each Canadian province allows universities to grant degrees according to specific quality assurance standards. Universities that are recognized under these provincial standards are considered authorized.
Types of accreditation and authorization
There are two basic types of university accreditation and authorization in the USA and Canada:
- Institutional accreditation covers the whole university and is the primary type of official university recognition in North America. Accreditation is granted by organizations that cover different geographic regions.
- Specialized accreditation (also called programmatic or professional accreditation) covers a program or department within a university. Earning a degree that carries specialized accreditation may be a requirement for practicing in certain professions.
The universities we work with are accredited by the appropriate regional organization:
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits universities in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Roosevelt University is accredited by NCAHLC.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
MSCHE is the unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that accredits universities in the Middle States region: Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
The CIHE of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is the regional accreditation agency for universities in the six New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and American/international schools in more than 67 nations worldwide.
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC)
SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of universities in the Southern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites.
James Madison University is accredited by SACSCOC.
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
AUCC represents 95 Canadian public and private not-for-profit universities. Membership of AUCC, in conjunction with authorization by the relevant provincial legislation, is generally accepted in lieu of official university accreditation in Canada.
Royal Roads University is a member of AUCC, is authorized by the Province of British Columbia.
In addition to institutional accreditation, many universities are accredited by national organizations that recognize certain academic programs:
ABET (formerly Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology)
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
|An accrediting association for business schools and programs with a focus on teaching excellence while encouraging scholarly research. ACBSP is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).||
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) - formerly American Dietetics Association
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
American Psychological Association (APA)
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)