What is a accredited and non-accredited university?
Accreditation in the strictest sense refers to whether credits from the institution in question will be accepted by other colleges. While most schools have specific agreements, called articulation agreements, with certain other schools in the area–e.g., a community college in the area might accept credits from a trade school it knows well–accreditation is more universal.
But accreditation does not guarantee the quality of an institution, which is why most states require colleges to be licensed. And it gets stranger. For a long time, regional accreditation–e.g., Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (I think that’s the right name) was pretty much a guarantee of a quality school. But in the last few years accreditation from at least one of these regional outfits (is it North Central?)–which are independent firms–has found its way to formerly-unrepentant trade schools, for-profit institutions, and on-line outfits of varying reputation.
For what it’s worth, no _new_ school in the US has regional accreditation, because it takes several years to convince the regional accreditors that you’re running a legitimate outfit, even if you’re great.
If you ever want to make a semi-scrupulous fast buck, you can’t do much better than starting a school.
A non-accredited university or college is usually affiliated with another school or institution. This accredited institution accepts transcripts for the non-accredited institution.
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