In order to evaluate an institution's quality of education, accrediting agencies compare colleges and universities against certain standards of excellence. Stevens-Henager College is honored to be accredited by the ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges). Accrediting agencies periodically examine institutions in important categories such as communication, integrity, continuous improvement, and accountability. The goal of accreditation agencies is to ensure that the colleges and universities under their supervision uphold high educational standards.
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
The Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy offered at the Stevens-Henager's Salt Lake/Murray and Boise Campuses are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (www.coarc.com). The Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy program at the Murray campus has been placed on Probationary Accreditation as of November 2013.
Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology
7108-C South Alton Way
Centennial, CO 80112-2106
The Surgical Technology program at the Ogden/West Haven campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Accreditation Review Commission on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST). ARC-ST is sponsored by the American College of Surgeons and the Association of Surgical Technologists.
The industry of higher education is closely regulated. Ways of regulating postsecondary institutions include state regulation and licensing, federal standards from the Higher Education Act of 1965 Title IV, and accreditation.
Even though it's the oldest method of regulation, accreditation is not commonly understood. The term derives from the Latin word credito, meaning "to trust." Two key purposes exist for accrediting colleges and universities: 1) to ensure their quality, and 2) to assess their ongoing self-improvement efforts. Agencies of accreditation regularly review colleges and universities to ensure that they uphold a high performance level, to make sure they are striving for self-improvement, and to assess their integrity and their fulfillment of the agency's requirements.
Accreditation increases the confidence of the higher-education community and of each institution's constituencies by assessing the institution's quality, including the quality of its programs. A college's accreditation status allows students, parents, employers, and other colleges to verify that college meets certain standards. For students to qualify for federal financial aid, their college has to be accredited by an agency that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education.