I keep getting questions about regional vs. national college accreditation. People seem to think that regional accreditation makes an online college seem somehow lesser than a nationally accredited college. This article by TESU outlines the differences.
The national and regional labels are actually counterintuitive.
The bottom line is that it’s a fragmented system. Colleges and universities are accredited by different bodies. Most brick and mortar colleges are regionally-accredited by one of the six regional accreditors.
“Nationally accredited schools are generally profit oriented or religion affiliated and offer vocational or technical programs. They award both certificates and degrees. Requirements are not as standardized as regional accreditation because of the specialized nonacademic focus.”
The “Big Three” are all regionally accredited. They all provide the opportunity to transfer almost 120 credits and graduate quickly. This is very different from for-profit online schools.
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