Before applying at a university, students interested in an online degree program should check that their college of choice is regionally accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Accreditation means that an institution meets minimum standards of quality, signals to employers that you have earned a valid degree in your field of study, and ensures that the college or university is committed to institutional improvement over time.
Arizona State University (ASU) for example offers more than 100 degrees online and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. This federally-recognized body provides assurance to students, parents, and all stakeholders that ASU meets clear quality standards for educational and financial performance. In addition to ASU's Higher Learning Commission accreditation, many of ASU's academic programs carry specialized accreditation specific to the field. Learn more about ASU’s accreditation here.