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While many academic agencies accredit particular programs of study, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and other regional accrediting agencies are responsible for assuring that colleges and universities meet certain standards in terms of their missions, operations, and activities in teaching and student learning, discovery and promotion of knowledge, and service. Accreditation is an assurance to the public that an institution is properly prepared to do its job. On a more practical level, the HLC and other accrediting agencies have been designated as the "gatekeepers" for federal funds in higher education. Accredited schools are eligible for many kinds of federal support.

Accrediting Agencies

The Higher Learning Commission
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
30 N. LaSalle Street, Ste 2400, Chicago, IL
(800) 621-7440 —
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C., 20036-1023
National Association of Schools of Music
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
6836 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 250 Austin, TX 78731-3193, (512) 733-9700
Council on Education of the Deaf
Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242-0001
Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852-3279
Council on Social Work Education-Baccalaureate level
1600 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3421
International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
PO Box 25217, Overland Park, KS 66225, (913) 631-3009
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.
Broadway 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006
National Association of School Psychologists
PO Box 791089, Baltimore, MD 21279-1089
North Dakota Board of Nursing
919 7th Street, Suite 504, Bismarck, ND 58504-5881