Following on the FAQ above, you may be asking yourself this question. If you look at the accredited sites listed on our website, you will see that many university programs are accredited. They believe that the process of self-study and external review is valuable in itself. The process of self-study, which is integral to accreditation, offers many benefits. It stimulates a review of policies, requires a focus on the program's mission, leads to initiation of new endeavors, results in program improvement and renewal, and provides a framework for continued planning and growth. At the same time, it encourages openness and cohesion among faculty and staff, develops a heightened sense of collegiality, responsibility, and community; encourages faculty development and professionalism; identifies new leadership; and bridges the gap between personal and organizational goals. Also, focused accreditation on a discipline (called specialized accreditation) is an established quality assurance tool for programs on accredited campuses; law, business, engineering, social work, and other programs that train for the professions have their own specialized accreditors.
Most university programs want to be accredited for these reasons and for the recognition that it gives them both inside and outside the United States, especially in attracting international students to their programs.