CHEA- and USDE-Recognized Accrediting Organizations

CHEA- and USDE-Recognized Accrediting Organizations
(as of September 2021)

Part I of this chart lists regional, national faith-related, national career-related and programmatic accreditors that are or have been recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) or both. Organizations identified by (•) are recognized; (–) indicates those not recognized. An asterisk (*) identifies accrediting organizations that were formerly recognized and not currently recognized. (†) Effective July 1, 2017, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) assumed responsibility for carrying out the mission and vision of the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). All graduate programs that were formerly accredited by CORE are now accredited by CACREP.

To be CHEA recognized an accreditor must meet the CHEA standards for recognition (2019) ( Accreditors exercise independent judgment about whether to seek CHEA recognition. For USDE recognition, accreditation from the organization is used by an institution or program to establish eligibility to participate in federal student aid or other federal programs
( Some accreditors cannot be considered for USDE recognition because they do not provide access to federal funds. Other accreditors have chosen not to pursue USDE recognition.

Because CHEA affiliation and USDE recognition depend on a range of factors, readers are strongly cautioned against making judgments about the quality of an accrediting organization and its institutions and programs based solely on CHEA or USDE status. Additional inquiry is essential. If you have questions about the CHEA or USDE recognition status of an accreditor, please contact the accrediting organization.

This chart is updated when the CHEA Board of Directors recognizes or withdraws recognition of an accrediting organization and when the United States Secretary of Education recognizes or withdraws recognition of an accrediting organization. Please visit the CHEA website at:


Accreditor CHEA Recognition Status USDE Recognition Status
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Higher Learning Commission
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
New England Commission of Higher Education
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
WASC Senior College and University Commission
Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation
Association of Institutions of Jewish Studies
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools Accreditation Commission
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools *
Council on Occupational Education
Distance Education Accrediting Commission
National Accrediting Commision of Career Arts and Sciences, Inc.
Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs *
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Academy of Nutrition and Diabetes *
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Accreditation Council for Optometric Education
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications *
American Academy of Forensic Sciences Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Council for Accreditation
American Board of Funeral Service Education Committee on Accreditation
American Council for Construction Education *
American Culinary Federation Education Foundation, Inc. Accrediting Commission *
American Library Association Committee on Accreditation *
American Occupational Therapy Association Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation *
American Physical Therapy Association Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
American Podiatric Medical Association Council on Podiatric Medical Education
American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation
American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education
Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation
Association for Behavior Analysis International Accreditation Board
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. Accreditation Commission
Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering *
Aviation Accreditation Board International
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy *
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs *
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education *
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education *
Commission on Dental Accreditation American Dental Association
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation
Commission on Opticianry Accreditation *
Commission on Sport Management Accreditation
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
Council for Interior Design Accreditation *
Council for Standards in Human Service Education

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar American Bar Association
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions
Council on Chiropractic Education
Council on Education for Public Health
Council on Naturopathic Medical Education
Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation *
International Accreditation Council for Business Education
International Fire Service Accreditation Congress - Degree Assembly
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology *
Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board American Society of Landscape Architects *
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council
Midwifery Education Accreditation Council
Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences *
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Schools and Art and Design Commission on Accreditation *
National Association of Schools of Dance Commission on Accreditation *
National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation *
National Schools of Schools of Theatre Commission on Accreditation *
Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration
Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation
Planning Accreditation Board
Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System


Part II of this chart lists accreditors previously recognized by CHEA or the USDE or both and not currently recognized by either group. Organizations identified by (–) indicates those not recognized. As asterisk (*) identifies accrediting organizations that were formerly recognized and are no longer recognized.

Accreditor CHEA Recognition Status USDE Recognition Status
AACSB International--The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business * *
ABET * *
American Academy for Liberal Education *
American Society for Microbiology American College of Microbiology *
Council on Rehabilitation Education Commission on Standards and Accreditation1 * *
National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc. *
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health Council on Accreditation *
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education2 * *
National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council *
New England Association of Schools and Colleges Committee on Technical and Career Institutions * *
Society of American Foresters * *
Teacher Education Accreditation Council2 * *
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation *