Academic accreditation uses accepted qualitative and quantitative standards of excellence as a foundation of assessing the quality of education at an institution. Areas of evaluation can include educational objectives and achievements, academic programs, admissions practices, student personnel and welfare services, institutional study, training and experience of instructional staff, and financial stability.
- Gannon University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education1, a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-based membership organization dedicated to educational excellence and improvement through peer evaluation and accreditation.
- The online RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)2.
- Gannon's business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)3.
Additionally, Gannon University has been recognized for excellence through the following rankings:
- U.S. News & World Report once again gave Gannon a top ranking in Regional Universities (North) category in its 2016 edition of "America's Best Colleges."
- For 2016, U.S. News & World Report also named Gannon in its list of "Great Schools, Great Prices," as a "Best Value School" in the North Region, ranking 9th on the list.
Why is Accreditation Important?
Because accredited programs and institutions are regularly evaluated to ensure that they meet acceptable levels of quality, a degree from an accredited university will speak to the quality of education you received and will give employers greater confidence in the skills and abilities you learned in school. Depending on your area of study, you may only be allowed to sit for certain professional certification exams if you have an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited institution, such as Gannon University. And if you wish to apply for federal grants or loans, you must plan to attend an accredited institution in order to be eligible for federal student assistance.
Want to learn more about the quality education you'll receive at Gannon or about the importance of accreditation? Call us at 877-497-5854 to speak to an admissions advisor, or request more information.
1 Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 267-284-5000; www.msche.org. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
2 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791
3 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213, (913) 339-9356