Regional vs. National Accreditation: Which is Better?

Color-coded map showing regional accreditation in the United States UNE Online Enrollment Counselors often get the question: ‘Which is better, regional vs. national accreditation?‘ We spoke to Dr. Jayne Pelletier, Director of Accreditation and Policy for CGPS, for an overview. What is the difference between regional vs. national accreditation? Credits from regionally-accredited institutions are more widely accepted and more easily transferable than nationally-accredited programs. Nationally-accredited institutions are generally held to a different, less stringent, set of standards regarding faculty and institutional resources. National accreditation is generally applied to institutions that offer programs with fewer general education or liberal arts requirements and are more vocational in nature. National accreditation is more likely, but not always, the accreditation awarded to for-profit colleges. While students may find costs to be lower at… Read more >>
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CSWE Accreditation for the UNE Online Master of Social Work Program

CSWE accreditation square logo The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the governing body that oversees all social work education programs throughout the United States, is dedicated to advancing quality social work education. It is critical that social workers are equipped to play a central role in achieving the profession’s goals of social and economic justice. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories. Why is CSWE accreditation important? Accreditation ensures that all students receive the same foundational knowledge that encompasses all essential areas of social work, on both a clinical and macro level, based upon a set series of standards. Upon completion… Read more >>
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The importance of accreditation at UNE Online

NEASC logo with grey circle Dr. Jayne Pelletier is the Director of Accreditation and Policy for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS). She oversees accreditation and policy development to support the operational and academic processes of online programs. In short, Dr. Pelletier makes sure we are compliant with accreditation standards and that we provide an outstanding education to students. This post is part of a series where we delve deeper into the details of the accreditation process. We first asked what goes on inside the accreditation process. Here’s more from Dr. Pelletier on accreditation: Why does a college need to be accredited? The short answer? Quality control. Accreditation is a process in which institutions of learning are evaluated against a certain set… Read more >>
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NECHE (NEASC) Accredited - What it means & why it’s important

NECHE logo The University of New England has been continuously accredited by NEASC since 1966. Our dedication to accreditation affirms UNE’s culture of continuous reflection and assessment in our learning community as well as helping UNE set and pursue its strategic goals. In 2018, NEASC separated its higher education commission out into an individual organization called NECHE. This restructuring does not affect UNE’s accreditation status; from our perspective, it is simply a name change. About NECHE The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) is now the federally recognized regional accreditor for the six New England States after assuming the business functions of the Commission previously managed by NEASC. The Commission states that its “dual role of quality assurance and quality improvement… Read more >>
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