is a term used in the United States
to refer to educational accreditation
conducted by any of several accreditation bodies established to serve six defined geographic areas of the country for accreditation of schools, colleges, and universities. Each regional accreditor encompasses the vast majority of public
private educational institutions in the region it serves. They accredit (and therefore include among their membership) elementary schools
, junior high schools
, middle schools
, and nearly all high schools
, and public
institutions of higher education that are academic in nature., retrieved from University of Hawaii
website, June 19, 2011. "The eight regional accrediting commissions ... assure the quality of the great majority of degree-granting institutions of higher learning in the United States." (Page i)Catherine Finnegan, , Educause Center for Applied Research Research Bulletin
, volume 2006, Issue 10, May 9, 2006. "Regional acceditors include among their membership nearly all community colleges and public and private colleges universities in the region that they serve." (Page 2)Janice M. Karlen, , Academic Leadership: The Online Journal
, Volume 1, Issue 4, Fall 2003 (November 2003). "Most institutions rely upon one of the eight regional accreditation organizations for their accreditation status."
List of regional......