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Accreditation Overview


Accreditation is the process that Norfolk State University, including other institutions of higher education, undergoes to confirm it meets the most rigorous and strictest educational standards. Accreditation is earned through accrediting organizations that are private, nongovernmental organizations created specifically to review higher education institutions and programs. These accreditors are held to high quality standards and are reviewed for quality by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the United States Department of Education (USDE).


The purpose of accreditation is to create a set of standards for all institutions of higher education to be held to while also encouraging colleges and universities  to be the best they can be. Consequently,  accreditation aims to ensure accountability of higher education institutions and degree programs in order to build public trust and confidence. When an institution or degree program is properly accredited, students are able to gauge the institution’s overall quality without conducting a detailed analysis on their own.