Why is it a bad idea to attend a nationally accredited school?
Why is it better to attend a regionally accredited school?
- JohnLv 64 weeks ago
Regional accreditation is the long-established form of accreditation for colleges and universities. National accreditation is, in essence, a form of accreditation created by institutions which could not meet the requirements to be properly accredited. Generally speaking credits earned at regionally accredited colleges can be transferred to other colleges, and count toward admission to graduate school. If one attends a nationally accredited school, that is usually not the case.
There could be a number of reasons why a school cannot attain regional accreditation. In many cases its a weak academic program. Other causes can include refusal to follow civil rights laws (usually Title IX), questionable finances, unqualified professors, and the like. Nationally accredited for-profit schools are at the heart of many of the higher education scandals seen in the last few decades.
- MSLv 74 weeks ago
While it certainly sounds backwards, regional accreditation is more highly regarded. Those universities offer programs that meet high standards, and they offer courses that are likely to transfer (not everywhere, but to at least some other places). Regionally accredited institutions offer more academic-based programs.
National accreditation was really developed for those schools who could not meet the standards of regional accreditation. Those programs are often more vocational in nature - rather than providing an education, they are teaching skills. Some for-profit schools also fall into this category because their "academic" courses don't meet the standards needed for regional accreditation.
A degree from a nationally accredited program may not be highly regarded or accepted, and courses from those universities generally will not transfer.