Accreditation by Cognia (Formerly AdvancED). Cognia is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
The North Central Association was founded in 1898 and is the largest of the country’s regional accrediting agencies. The NCA is a voluntary organization of over 7,000 schools, colleges, and universities in twenty-one states.
Selection by the North Central Association is achieved by rigorous evaluation with great attention paid toward academic achievement, accomplished leadership, and excellence in personnel and resources.
What can accreditation mean for students?
Students who attend a school accredited by Cognia, can rest assured that the school is committed to raising student performance and held accountable for improving student learning on a continual basis.
Accreditation means that students have:
- Qualified teachers who are continually working to improve their practices and teaching methods
- Access to a rich, diverse, and sound curriculum
- Access to a range of student activities and support services
- Transferability of credits from school to school
- Greater access to federal loans, scholarships, post-secondary education, and military programs that require accreditation