As you begin preparing for your next step after high school, you may want to consider enrolling in a certification, college, or university program. Three of the first questions you should ask include:

1. Is the institution in which I am applying accredited?

2. What is the quality of the program I am considering?

3. What is the accreditation status of the program in which you are applying?

The Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) provides students and their families with resources to help them understand the benefits of an institution and program being accredited. Equally important it provides a listing of sixty member agencies with contact information. To learn more about this topic, please review their video Specialized & Professional Accreditation: What Should I Know? by clicking on this link //

For example, let say that you want to study to become a nurse. The recognized accreditation is Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

According to Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) the more education you earn, the higher your salary. Take a look at their brochure The More You LEARN The More You EARN by clicking on the link below.

The Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors provides a collaborative forum and a collective voice for the community of organizations in the United States that assess the quality of specialized and professional higher education programs and schools. ASPA represents its members on issues of educational quality facing institutions of higher education, governments, students, and the public. ASPA advances the knowledge, skills, good practices, and ethical commitments of accreditors, and communicates the value of accreditation as a means of enhancing educational quality.

Specialized and Professional Accrediting organizations in the United States operate to ensure that students in educational programs receive an education consistent with standards for entry to practice or advanced practice in each of their respective fields or disciplines. With approximately 60 member agencies, ASPA is the only unified, national voice that supports the importance of specialized and professional accreditation.

ASPA Video: "Specialized & Professional Accreditation: What Should I Know?" Prospective Students click here!

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