Why Accreditation Matters to College Students

accreditationSelecting the college or university you are going to attend is always a learning experience and is a learning process as you weigh all the pros and cons of each college you are considering. You want to make sure that you visit the college, like the campus environment and are excited about the program and potential career you will one day be a part of. 

One of the most important steps in choosing a college is to ensure the college or university is accredited. Many students are not sure what accreditation is, what it means for their university/college of choice and what it can mean for them.  Students at the Globe University-Sioux Falls campus shared their thoughts on accreditation:

Question: What is accreditation?

  • Accreditation allows me to get financial aid for school. ~Sydney Siemonsma, Medical Assistant student
  • Accreditation is what employers look for and it means that I go to a well-respected school. ~Laura Hollaren-Veterinary Technology student
  • Accreditation allows me to move up in the world—it matters to employers. ~Shane Kramer, Massage Therapy student

Wow, the students here at Globe University-Sioux Falls are smart!  Accreditation is a voluntary process of self-regulation and peer review through an established accreditation agency embraced by the community of higher education to evaluate each other in accordance with an institutions stated goals and outcomes.

An accredited college or university also gives you, the student, assurance of receiving a quality education recognized by other colleges and future employers.  In addition, a college or university must be accredited and recognized by the United States Department of Higher Education (www. Ed.gov) to be eligible for Title IV funding or financial aid. 


accreditationGlobe University-Sioux Falls is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).  The Globe University-Sioux Falls campus recently went through a peer evaluation for a new grant of accreditation with ACICS and received recognition for being an Honor Roll Institution for 2012.  The ACICS council recognizes institutions that have demonstrated an excellent understanding of accreditation process. 

Colleges and schools accredited by ACICS, like the Globe University-Sioux Falls campus, are required to meet and maintain high standards of faculty qualifications, student retention and student placement.

There are two main types of accreditation that colleges and universities are approved for.  These types of accreditation are regional or national accreditation.  It is important to know the type of accreditation your college or university of choice has.  You can find this information online when researching your school or talking to your admissions representative. 

Enjoy the process of finding the right college or university for you—it is your decision and you want to find the degree program you are passionate about!  As you move through the college search process, ensure you do your research, interview prospective employers in the field, talk to other students who attend the college and make sure you visit.

~submitted by Melanie Schopp, Campus Director