This page provides links to the websites of various organizations and publications of interest regarding accreditation and higher education.
The National Board for Respiratory Care The National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. is a voluntary health certifying board which was created in 1960 to evaluate the professional competence of respiratory therapists. The primary purposes of the NBRC and its 31-member Board of Trustees are to provide high quality voluntary credentialing examinations for practitioners of respiratory therapy and pulmonary function technology; establish standards to credential practitioners to work under medical direction; issue certificates to and prepare a directory of credentialed individuals; advance medicine by promoting use of respiratory care in treating human ailments; support ethical and educational standards of respiratory care; and, cooperate with accrediting agencies to support respiratory care education.
ASPA provides a collaborative forum and a collective voice for the community of U.S. agencies that assess the quality of specialized and professional higher education programs and schools. ASPA represents its members on issues of educational quality facing institutions of higher education, governments, students, and the public. ASPA also advances the knowledge, skills, good practices, and ethical commitments of accreditors, and communicates the value of accreditation as a means of enhancing educational quality.
The U.S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers and coordinates most federal assistance to education. It assists the president in executing his education policies for the nation and in implementing laws enacted by Congress. The Department’s mission is to serve America’s students—to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) formulates federal postsecondary education policy and administers programs that address critical national needs in support of our mission to increase access to quality postsecondary education.
CHEA is a private, non-profit, national organization that coordinates accreditation activity in the United States. It serves as a national voice for voluntary accreditation and quality assurance to the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and to the general public, opinion leaders, students, and families.
The following links include regional and national accrediting agencies that accredit institutions with respiratory care programs accredited by CoARC:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools The Higher Learning Commission
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Council on Occupational Education
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges
CHE is a major source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Online, The Chronicle is published every weekday and is a destination for news, advice, and jobs for people in academe. The Chronicle’s web site features the complete contents of the latest issue, daily news and advice columns, thousands of current job listings, articles published since September 1989, discussion forums, and career-building tools.
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