Regionally Accredited Colleges

Higher education accreditation in the US is a peer review process that began in the late 1800s. The federal government became involved with the accreditation process when the GI Bill legislation was in review in 1952. The result:  students could only use the GI Bill at accredited institutions included on a list published by the US Commissioner of Education. Accreditation is overseen by the US Department of Education (DOE) and a non-government body called the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Regional Accreditation

98% nonprofit & degree granting

Academically oriented

More strict oversight/requirements

Institutions based on geographic region

98% successful credit transfer

The six regional accreditors are:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Higher Learning Commission

Click on the link to the school that hosted your ICS course. 

C@SE Transcripts

SEU Transcripts

American Council on Education

In 1974, The American Council on Education created the College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) program to award college credit to formal training taken outside a traditional degree-granting program. 

American Council on Education (ACE) Accreditation 

  • Transfer credits accepted at over 90% of all Regionally Accredited institutions
  • Students transcripts reflect an ACE pass or fail recommendation
  • Does not affect grade point average
  • Programs include:
    • Integrity College Solutions (ICS) Courses 
    • Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
    • College Level Examinations Program (CLEP) Testing

“ACE has played a major role in shaping higher education in the United States for more than a century.  Since its founding in 1918, ACE has spearheaded programs, advocated for legislation, and led initiatives that have shaped the nation’s post-secondary landscape.”  

ACE Transcripts