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The U.S. Department of Educations Program Integrity rules take effect on July 1, 2011. Click to read P.O.P.E.s memo about Virginias regulations concerning certification and physical presence.


The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. The U.S. Department of Education has a list of regional and national accrediting agencies that they recognize as reliable authorities concerning the quality of education or training offered by the institutions of higher education or higher education programs they accredit.In order for a school to participate in the federal Title IV student financial aid program, it must be accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Below is a list of some accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.Most of the schools certified to operate in Virginia are accredited by one of the agencies below.

Further explanation of Accreditation

Explanation of Certification

Career College Advisory Board (CCAB)

The Career College Advisory Board was established in 2004 by the Council to provide advisory services in academic and administrative matters and other issues related to private proprietary postsecondary education school operating in Virginia.Any private proprietary institutions of higher education or academic-vocational non-degree school certified to operate by SCHEV is eligible to have a representative on CCAB.
The current CCAB officers are:

Virginia Out-of-State, Non-Profit Colleges and Universities (VONCU)

VONCU is a professional organization with members from regionally accredited, not for profit and public, colleges and universities who have campuses in Virginia and are certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
2007-2008 VONCU Board
President - Susan Paulson, St. Leo University
President/President Elect - Dick Gates, Central Texas College
Secretary - Rick Patterson, National-Louis University
Treasurer - Chris Burge, Troy University  

Virginia Career College Association

The Virginia Career College Association is a nonprofit association created three decades ago to promote the interests of the postsecondary proprietary institution sector of higher education in Virginia and to inform the public about the benefits of private career institution education.VCCA is a voluntary organization, whose members are accredited and offer programs and degrees focused on job-oriented, specialized training in information technology, numerous medical and business careers, the culinary arts, and many other high demand occupations.

National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools (NASASPS)

The membership of NASASPS consists of those administrators and supervisors in the United States, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and other U.S. territories, and Canada who have administrative and supervisory responsibility for the regulation and supervision of private occupational educational programs delivered in residence, home study, distance education, or any combination thereof and other individuals interested in private occupational education.