In order to assess quality of education, each institution of higher learning is evaluated against certain accreditation standards. California College San Diego is pleased to be accredited by the ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges). Accrediting agencies continually investigate colleges to see how well they perform in upholding their integrity, communication, ongoing improvement, and accountability. Agencies of accreditation ensure that the institutions for which they're responsible consistently meet high educational standards.
Medical Programs Accreditation
The Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy offered at California College San Diego is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (www.coarc.com).
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
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Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
More About Accreditation
Postsecondary education is one of the nation's more highly regulated industries. Several methods exist for regulating institutions of higher education, including state regulatory and licensing, accreditation, and federal rules from the Higher Education Act of 1965 Title IV.
Accreditation is the oldest method of regulation. However, many people don't fully understand accreditation. It comes from the Latin word credito, "to trust." Accrediting educational institutions is done for two purposes: 1) quality assurance, and 2) measurement of ongoing self-improvement. Agencies of accreditation continuously evaluate colleges and universities to verify that they uphold high performance levels, keep up constant self-improvement, maintain high integrity, and stay in conformity with the agency's established standards.
By assessing the quality of higher institutions, including the programs they offer, accreditation increases the postsecondary-education community's confidence, as well as that of each institution's constituencies. Accreditation gives students, parents, employers, and other institutions proof of an institution's quality. Students can't qualify for federal financial aid unless they attend a school accredited by an agency that the U.S. Department of Education has approved.