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The Council for Higher Education Accreditation

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A national advocate and institutional voice for academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is a U.S. association of degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. CHEA is the only national organization focused exclusively on higher education accreditation and quality assurance.

The CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) is a rewarding and important forum for colleges, universities, accrediting and quality assurance organizations and others worldwide to address issues and challenges focused on quality and quality assurance in an international setting. The CIQG provides service designed to:

  • Assist institutions and organizations in further enhancing capacity for academic quality
  • Advance understanding of international quality assurance
  • Provide research and policy direction

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Memberships are determined using the following scale:


Institution/Organization Operating Budget Annual Fee
Under $40 million USD $    500 USD
$40 million – $300 million USD $ 1,000 USD
Over $300 million USD $ 1,500 USD
Individual Membership $    100 USD

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Colleges, universities, and programs are accredited. In the U.S., colleges and universities are accredited by one of 19 recognized institutional accrediting organizations. Programs are accredited by one of approximately 60 recognized programmatic accrediting organizations. [Accrediting organizations that are “recognized” have been reviewed for quality by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the United States Department of Education (USDE).]

The CHEA Database of Institutions and Programs Accredited by Recognized United States Accrediting Organizations contains information about over 8,200 institutions and over 44,000 programs in the U.S. Links to the Websites of these colleges and universities are also available.

“Accreditation” is review of the quality of higher education institutions and programs. In the United States, accreditation is a major way that students, families, government officials, and the press know that an institution or program provides a quality education.

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