Accreditation is the process whereby an outside organization certifies a college or university as meeting certain requirements of excellence. Accreditation is an important “stamp of approval.” Accredited colleges and universities have proven to their peers that they are deeply committed to educational quality and improvement.
The North Central Association is an organization of colleges and universities from nineteen states, including Ohio. The University of Cincinnati is a member of the North Central Association. The Higher Learning Commission is a main division of the North Central Association, and it is the Higher Learning Commission that accredits the colleges and universities in the North Central Association. We often use the acronyms HLC and NCA.
There are many good reasons to attend an accredited institution. Here are a few of them:
- Quality Education: accredited colleges and universities deliver high quality educational programs.
- Financial Aid: accredited schools receive student financial aid dollars.
- Transfer: most schools will only accept transfer credits from an accredited school.
- Graduate School: most graduate programs will only accept students with degrees from accredited schools.
The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association (HLC/NCA)
ABET, recognized by the Higher Learning Commission, is the recognized accrediting body for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. It is a federation of more than 25 professional and technical societies representing these fields. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S., ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in high education for over 70 years. College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) programs listed under ABET in this Accreditation section are listed by the ABET Commission which accredits that discipline. To learn more visit ABET at www.abet.org.
The CEAS Construction Management program is accredited by the American Council on Construction Education, (ACCE), which accredits construction education programs offered by colleges and universities. ACCE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the accrediting agency for four year baccalaureate degree programs in construction, construction science and construction management and construction technology. Visit ACCE at www.acce-hq.org.
The Web site, http://www.uc.edu/hlcaccreditation.html, provides a comprehensive look at UC’s self-study that led to reaccreditation. Material referencing HLC is taken directly from the http://www.uc.edu/hlcaccreditation.html site.
Higher Learning Commission Accreditation, University of Cincinnati
Suite 430 Teachers College, P.O. Box 210002
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0002
Phone: 513-556-1040; Fax 513-556-2483