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What Does Regional Accreditation Mean?

The Commission can only accept course work and degrees completed at regionally accredited institutions. Degrees and course work must have been completed while the institution was regionally accredited in order for the Commission to consider them for credentialing purposes. Course work completed in other states is acceptable as long as the institution holds regional accreditation through one of the accrediting bodies listed below. Course work and degrees completed outside of the United States must be evaluated by a Commission-approved foreign transcript evaluation agency [PDF] before it may be used for credentialing purposes.

To determine the accreditation status of any college or university, the Commission uses a publication entitled Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education (AIPE) to verify accreditation. To obtain a copy, please visit the AIPE website at www.acenet.edu. This publication is revised and published annually. This book also contains institutions accredited by agencies that are NOT approved by the Commission for credentialing purposes in California.

The acceptable regional accrediting bodies are:

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)
www.msche.org
States represented by MSA: Washington DC, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Island, and Overseas

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) (formerly Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges or NASC )
www.nwccu.org
States represented by NWCCU: Utah, Idaho, Washington, Alaska, New York, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, and Costa Rica

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org
States represented by NCA: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc./Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)
www.neasc.org
States represented by NEASC-CIHE: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Overseas

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges (SACS-CC)
www.sacscoc.org/links.asp
States represented by SACS-CC: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Latin America

Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior College (WASC-Jr.)
www.wascweb.org
States represented by WASC-JR & SR: California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands, Pacific Basin and East Asia

Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC-Sr.)
www.wascweb.org
States represented by WASC-JR & SR: California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands, Pacific Basin and East Asia



Updated October 26, 2011