The following information will help you learn about the importance of accreditation for your computer or information technology education.
A computer education should always be accredited. Accreditation advances all levels of computer education and fosters the development of computer professionals by providing a sound, reliable education. Also, accreditation enables students to have confidence that the computer program was reviewed by computer and information science professionals and lived up to their standards. In addition, it assures that the education will be considered valuable in the computer field.
The largest accrediting body recognized by Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for computer and information science education is the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC). A part of the Accrediting Board of Engineering Technologies (ABET), the CAC's responsibility is to accredit computer science and information systems programs.
Along with the CAC, several other accrediting organizations exist. Six regional accrediting bodies within the U.S. are:
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
- Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Other resources related to computer accreditation include:
- Canadian Information Processing Society
- Association for Computing Machinery
- Association for Information Systems
- IEEE Computer Society
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