What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter?

By Staff Writer Published on December 9, 2011

When researching colleges, the word accreditation comes up all the time. Every one says that it’s important, but what does it actually mean? And more importantly, why does it matter?

To understand what accreditation means, just think of accreditation as a watchdog for the educational system. It ensures that the school or program lives up to the promises it makes to its students. Accreditation does extensive evaluations for you.

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation has created a very helpful brochure that

you can download as a PDF file here. It answers the questions of both what accreditation is and why it matters. It also includes questions you should be asking to ensure you are making smart choices.

You might also want to ask other questions like these:

  • “What will the total costs be for me to earn credentials?”
  • “What are the odds of getting a job in this field when I finish school?”
  • “What is the likely salary of this school’s graduates?”

California College San Diego is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The Respiratory Therapy program at the San Diego campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (www.coarc.com). For more information on California College San Diego accreditation, visit our Accreditation page.