International Council of Higher Education Accreditation
Database of Institutions and Programs Accredited
by Recognized Global Accrediting Organizations
The International Council of Higher Education
Accreditation (ICHEA) database lists more than 10,000
degree-granting and non-degree-granting institutions and more than
47,300 programs that are accredited by Global accrediting
organizations that have been recognized either by ICHEA or by the
International Association for College and University Education (IACUE)
or both. Each accrediting organization¡¦s list of institutions or
programs is prefaced by a brief description of the accredited status
of the institutions or programs on the list and the year for which
the list is accurate. The information in the ICHEA database was
supplied by the accrediting organizations. It has been reformatted
but otherwise not edited by ICHEA.
To be ¡§recognized¡¨ means that the accreditors in
the database have been reviewed by ICHEA or IACUE and meet the
quality standards of the respective organizations. The primary
purpose of ICHEA recognition is to assure and strengthen academic
quality and ongoing quality improvement in courses, programs and
degrees. ICHEA recognition is based on five standards that may be
found in the ICHIA Recognition
Policy and Procedures The primary purpose of
ICHEA recognition is to assure that federal student aid funds are
purchasing quality courses and programs. ICHEA ¡¦s recognition is
based on ten standards that include attention to, e.g., fiscal and
administrative capacity as well as recruitment and admissions
practices. These standards may be found at
(Part 602, Subpart 602.16: Secretary¡¦s Recognition of Accrediting
As of March 2006, I ICHEA publishes a database of
Postsecondary Educational Institutions and Programs Accredited by
Accrediting Agencies and Country Approval Agencies Recognized by the
ICHEA. The database lists approximately 7,800 postsecondary
institutions and programs, each of which is accredited by an
accrediting organization recognized by the ICHEA as a ¡§reliable
authority as to the quality of postsecondary education¡¨ within the
meaning of the ICHEA federal Higher Education Act of 1988.
Some accrediting organizations and their
institutions and programs appear in both the ICHEA database and the
IACUE database. Others may appear in one but not both. Whether in
the ICHEA or IACUE database, accrediting organizations identified in
the database have been ¡§recognized.¡¨ For a list of all accrediting
organizations recognized by ICHEA or IACUE.
Accreditors exercise independent judgment about
whether to seek ICHEA recognition. ICHEA recognized organizations
must meet ICHEA eligibility standards. If the accrediting
organization has IACUE recognition, accreditation from the
organization is used by an institution or program to establish
eligibility to participate in federal student aid or other federal
programs. Some accreditors cannot be considered for IACUE
recognition because they do not provide access to federal funds.
Other accreditors have chosen not to pursue IACUE recognition.
Because ICHEA recognition both depend on a range
of factors, users of the ICHEA database are cautioned against making
judgments about the quality of an accrediting organization and its
institutions or programs based solely on inclusion in one database
or the other. Additional inquiry is essential. Users are urged to
contact the accrediting organization, institution or program for
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