Academic accreditation ensures that the education provided by colleges and universities meets acceptable levels of quality.
Accrediting agencies in the United States are usually private educational associations of regional or national scope. They develop evaluation criteria that ensure an acceptable level of academic quality. These accrediting agencies then conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not their criteria are being met by academic institutions, such as CSU. Institutions and/or programs that request an agency's evaluation and that meet an agency's criteria are then accredited by that agency.
Most accreditation criteria require that a certain level of excellence be found in an institution's library. CSU Libraries work together with CSU's academic departments and colleges to ensure that this level of excellence is met.
Below contains a list of the accrediting agencies that work together with CSU to ensure its academic success and quality. Each is linked to specific criteria that CSU Libraries must meet in order for the university to fulfill its accreditation requirements.
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
- American Chemical Society (ACS)
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Council for the Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC)
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
- National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
- National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)