In Virginia, accreditation means the process of external quality review used by higher education to scrutinize colleges, universities and educational programs for quality assurance and improvement. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by a postsecondary school meets acceptable levels of quality. The U.S. Department of Education maintains a list of regional, national and programmatic accrediting agencies recognized as reliable authorities concerning the quality of education offered by the postsecondary schools and programs they accredit. In order for a school to participate in the federal Title IV student financial aid program, it must be accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more at www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
Career College Advisory Board
The Career College Advisory Board (CCAB) was established in 2004 by the Council to provide advisory services in academic and administrative matters and other issues related to private proprietary postsecondary education schools. Any private proprietary institution of higher education or academic-vocational non-degree school certified by SCHEV to operate in Virginia is eligible to have a representative on CCAB.
Out-of-State Non-Profit Advisory Council
The Out-of-State Non-Profit Advisory Council (ONAC) gives out-of-state non-profit institutions operating in Virginia opportunities to interact with and provide feedback to SCHEV.
National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools
The National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools (NASASPS) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve and promote effective state regulation of private postsecondary education. NASASPS strives to provide policy leadership, promote best practices and advocate for quality private postsecondary options for students. Learn more at www.nasasps.org.
Virginia Career College Association
The Virginia Career College Association (VCCA) is a nonprofit association created to promote the interests of the postsecondary proprietary institution sector of higher education in Virginia and to inform the public about the benefits of private career institution education. Learn more at www.va-cca.org/.