Accreditation is a process of external quality review used by higher education to scrutinize colleges, universities, and educational programs for quality assurance and quality improvement. In addition to confirming that students are receiving a quality education, the accreditation process helps institutions identify opportunities for improvement and also is a requirement for students to receive federal (and in some cases state) financial aid.
There are two different types of accreditation:
- Institutional (or regional) accreditation pertains to the entire institution and is overseen by one the six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
- Specialized (professional or programmatic) accreditation may refer to accreditation of programs, departments, or schools. In cases where a program, department, or school constitutes the entire institution the specialized accreditor may also function as the institutional accreditor.
Touro University California, together with its branch campus, Touro University Neveda (TUN) in Henderson, Nevada, is fully accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Individual programs at TUC are also accredited by their professional accreditation agencies.
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