In today's competitive workforce it is important to make sure your education is widely recognized and accepted no matter where your career path takes you.
Accredited institutions have been evaluated by education authorities to insure that the institution meets and maintains a certain level of instructional quality. Institutions may be regionally or nationally accredited. Regional accreditation usually applies to "traditional" colleges and is based on geography (i.e. where the school is located), while national accreditation is based on the type of institution, and can include vocational colleges.