Does Accreditation Really Matter When I’m Transferring to Colleges & Universities?
Brief Description: Have you or your family considered accreditation when choosing which undergraduate institution you will attend after community college? If not, have you ever pondered on whether your bachelor’s degree has any value? Then it’s time to start thinking about how accreditation plays a major role in the transferring process.
Accreditation is “the process of external quality review created and used by higher education to scrutinize colleges, universities, and programs for quality assurance and quality improvement” (Eaton, 2015, p. 1). In California, most colleges and universities are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), while other regional accreditation associations recognize out-of-state institutions. College students should care about accreditation because it can affect their credits and their undergraduate degrees.
Eaton, J.S. (2015). An overview of U.S. accreditation. Council for Higher Education Accreditation.