Magazine article Training & Development

Accreditation: Who Needs It?

Magazine article Training & Development

Accreditation: Who Needs It?

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Hey, lots of learners do.

Accreditation used to be a word uttered only in hallowed halls. But as e-learning proliferates and more colleges partner with commercial enterprises to deliver workplace learning at the speed of click, the content quality clouds appear. And separating the good from the bad can become rather ugly.

If the quality of e-learning courses is keeping you awake at night, here's help.

Caveat Emptor

According to Charlotte Thomas, career and education editor of educational power-publisher Peterson's, "Accreditation is the number 1 verification of the quality of a higher-education distance education provider." As a wise consumer, though, you must be aware that not all accreditors are equal or recognized, says Peter Ewell, senior associate at the National Center for Higher Education Management in Boulder, Colorado.

There are hundreds of accrediting agencies, according to Thomas, and "the list grows longer as unscrupulous institutions create their own accreditors to get past consumers who look no further than an institution's Website. …

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