What is accreditation?

accreditationAccreditation is a process of validation in which colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning are evaluated.

The purpose of accreditation is to ensure that the standards of education provided by institutions of higher education meet acceptable levels of quality. The courses must be adequate for
its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice.

The standards for accreditation are generally set by a peer review board. The members of such a board are usually from various accredited colleges and universities.

You should always check before you start any online university degree, that it will be accepted in your home country and in the field in which you intend to be employed.

Transfer-ability of University Degrees

The statement below highlights the current climate in higher education with regard to transfer-ability of university degrees. The bold emphasis is ours:

“Accreditation does not provide automatic acceptance by an institution of credit earned at another institution, nor does it give assurance of acceptance of graduates by employers. Acceptance of students or graduates is always the prerogative of the receiving institution or employer.

For these reasons, besides ascertaining the accredited status of a school or program, students should take additional measures to determine, prior to enrollment, whether or not their educational goals will be met through attendance at a particular institution.

These measures should include inquiries to institutions to which transfer might be desired or to prospective employers and, if possible, personal inspection of the institution at which enrollment is contemplated.”
Source – US Department of Education

Online University Degrees will always seek to list only courses which are reputable and accredited in their home countries, but it remains your responsibility to make sure that you have verified this for yourself and that the degree qualification you intend to achieve will be accepted in your country of residence and your professional employment circumstances.