AdvanCEd Accreditation

Global standards for excellence in education



Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools, and designed primarily to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards.  The accreditation process is also known in terms of its ability to effectively drive student performance and continuous improvement in education.

While accreditation is a set of rigorous protocols and research-based processes for evaluating an institution’s organizational effectiveness, it is far more than that. Accreditation examines the whole institution—the programs, the cultural context, the community of stakeholders—to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of students.

Accreditation is both a significant achievement pronouncing an institution’s quality of education, as well as a remarkably enriching process for the institutions recognizing the tremendous competitive and performance gains it affords. Accredited schools and school systems see the untapped transformative power in the process of accreditation and are able to build true capacity to improve student learning and make continuous school improvement a distinctive reality.

Accreditation is a force-multiplier. The process is a catalyst for transformative excellence, and AdvancED’s accreditation process is designed on a standards-based framework to feed continuous improvement and transform education on a global scale. Education providers of all types around the world use AdvancED Accreditation.


Accreditation is designed to help educational institutions boost their ongoing performance efforts for the benefit of their students.  AdvancED insists on a relentless pursuit of excellence – for itself and for the institutions it accredits. This ethic of excellence ensures that institutions will find rich benefits from accreditation and that parents can confidently make informed decisions about their children’s education, knowing their child’s school is accredited. Accreditation matters because our students deserve the highest level of educational excellence possible.

Students and their parents will:

  • Experience ease in transferring credits from one school to  another.
  • Gain greater access to federal loans, scholarships,  postsecondary education and military programs that require  students attend an accredited institution.
  • Benefit from their institution or educational system’s commitment to raising student performance and accountability.

Educational institutions that engage in AdvancED Accreditation will:

  • Unite with a global network committed to standards of educational excellence.
  • Earn the distinction of quality through the recognized seal of AdvancED accreditation.
  • Experience a unified, clear, and powerful accreditation process with a scalable and sustainable evaluation of education  quality.
  • Receive external and objective validation of the areas in which they’re doing well, and the areas for continuous improvement.
  • Benefit from AdvancED research that shapes educational policy and improves learning practices.
  • Experience a state-of-the-art web-based accreditation system that is continuously being upgraded and improved.
  • Hear the best available ideas and thinking on education practices and trends through innovative products, educational  technologies, and the collective knowledge of peers.
  • Benefit from shared expertise and powerful professional learning through local and global workshops, training,  conferences, and personalized service.