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November 29, 2010
Contact: Timothy Willard
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CHEA Releases Report on State Uses of Accreditation

(Washington, DC) – The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has released a report titled State Uses of Accreditation: Results of a Fifty-State Inventory. This comprehensive inventory compiles the most current information on accreditation’s role in each of the fifty states.

“The report provides in-depth information on the connection between accreditation and state authorization,” noted CHEA President Judith Eaton. “Colleges and universities need to know how the various states use accreditation to authorize higher education institutions to operate, how accreditation requirements vary from state to state and what terms are used by states regarding accreditation, recognition and authorization. This report provides all this information and more.”

Included in the 92-page report – produced for CHEA by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems – are:

  • Descriptions of each state agency’s role in accreditation and state authorization to operate.
  • A state-by-state index of licensure/approval agencies, accreditation requirements and recognition requirements for accrediting organizations.
  • Information on the role of accreditation in various states’ transfer and articulation policies and how accredited status affects an institution’s ability to receive state funds.

A full, downloadable version of the report is available on CHEA’s Website.

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A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. For more information, visit CHEA’s Website at

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