What criteria does the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) use to certify accreditation agencies?

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To be recognized by CHEA, the accrediting agency must:

  • Demonstrate compliance with CHEA’s Institutional Eligibility and Recognition Policy, which places primary emphasis on assuring academic quality
  • Be non-governmental
  • Accredit institutions or programs in institutions that have legal authority to grant higher education degrees in the U.S. or abroad
  • Have written documentation detailing its decision-making process, its policies, and procedures, as well as its scope of accreditation and criteria
  • Have self-evaluation procedures in place
  • Be operational with more than one institution that it has accredited or has reviewed for accreditation