Choosing the right college, university, or training institute for your needs is an important and complex decision. Making sure that you are choosing a legitimate, knowledgeable, and well-regarded institution is an important factor to add to that checklist. When people ask, “are you accredited?” what they really want to know is…
- Is the school legitimate – There have been plenty of horror stories about scams and schools that exist only to con trusting students out of money.
- Is the school knowledgeable – Prospective students want to make sure that the skills a program teaches are accurate and consistent with what the market (and especially employers) expect for that program or profession.
- Is the school well-regarded – Will the degree or certificate program be accepted by employers or other institutions who have requirements. Also, can transfer credits be honored.
Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer because there are different types of licensing for each state or region of the country. Let’s shed some light on the three most common forms of education regulation across the United States. These are State Licensing, Regional Accreditation, and National Accreditation.
The simplest, yet most vital, form of legitimacy for any educational institution is approval and licensing from the individual states. In New Jersey, for example, this task falls upon the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE.) Their task is to make sure that any institution applying for licensing is properly registered and shows proof of competence in education. This involves creating and showing proof of tentative programs including syllabi, credits, faculty qualifications, and course contents. New Jersey also requires all license petitioners to be accredited – or be in the process of seeking accreditation.
Regional accreditation covers most traditional four-year universities and involves a longer accreditation process for institutions. Schools with Regional Accreditation are often less focused on career training and providing skills training for working adults. They often have more strict and competitive admissions requirements, and are more likely to offer, or even require, liberal arts coursework that have no direct correlation to a student’s program of study. There are six associations for regional accreditation across the USA (see the accompanying graphic for details.) New Jersey is covered by the ‘Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools’.
National agencies, unlike the regional agencies above, cover accreditation across the entire country. A degree or program from a nationally accredited school is valid across the country. For this reason: many schools offering online or distance learning programs often prefer to seek national accreditation. These schools tend to be more career-focused, however some tuition re-imbursement plans may exclude schools with national accreditation. National accreditation agencies include the ‘Distance Education & Training Council’, as well as the ‘Council on Occupational Education’.
Sollers College is licensed by the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) and is presently seeking accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Sollers College was founded on May 3, 2016, to offer higher degree programs, principally, Master’s degree programs. As an organization, Sollers began in 2007, developing into the ‘Clinical Research Academy of America’ (CRAA). Our alumni from Sollers College and the CRAA currently hold leadership positions in pharmaceutical organizations such as Astra Zeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Covance, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, and Pfizer.
Sollers College is an educational institution specializing in life science and decision sciences. We are dedicated to providing students with the essential knowledge and applied skills they need to meet the demands of the growing healthcare, life science, decision sciences and analytics fields.
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