• Regionally accredited and nationally accredited are both recognized institutional accreditation statuses which denote that the educator has voluntarily submitted its academic services to a stringent review from recognized accrediting bodies (whether by the six regionally recognized accrediting organizations or the various national accrediting organizations).
  • Regionally accredited institutions tend to be more competitive in their admittance, and they tend to have more comprehensive curriculums. Nationally accredited institutions tend to offer more specific technical and vocational programs. If you're looking to pursue information technology, you won't have to take core liberal-arts courses, you'll simply and primarily be immersed in your chosen trade.
  • It's extremely difficult to transfer credits from a nationally accredited institution to a regionally recognized one. This is because (as we've seen) the regionally accredited programs are usually much more encompassing, their curriculums include various components (science, math, history, English, foreign languages, philosophy, psychology, etc.) that are not necessarily vocation-centered, as nationally accredited institutions are.
  • If one school won't accept your earned credits, don't give up! There aren't universal requirements for the transfer of credits; one institution may accept credits that another denies.

In Conclusion

It's up to you to determine if the educational institution meets your personal and unique needs. But to get a job, prospective employers must also decide that your education was adequate. One of the first things they consider in evaluating your credentials is accreditation.

Still have questions? Take a look at this link on the CHEA Web site: "The Fundamentals of Accreditation" if you're looking for even more extensive answers to your accreditation questions.