Aspen Education Group Receives Accreditation from the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA)

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CITA Believes Aspen is "Living its Mission."

[Aspen Education Group] has a clear mission, purpose, and understanding of objectives in support of the children and families it chooses to serve.... Aspen Education Group is successfully enhancing the goal for promoting academic and personal growth in students and their families. The corporation is living its mission.

Aspen Education Group, the leading provider of therapeutic schools and programs for struggling and underachieving young people, today announced that their network of schools have earned the prestigious CITA accreditation. CITA, the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation, is an agency dedicated to advancing the quality of education. CITA's systems of accreditation promote international quality schools, continuous improvement and student success. Comprised of the premier American educational accrediting agencies, CITA accredits more than 30,000 public and private educational institutions in 100 countries, touching over 17 million students.

"Aspen is extremely proud to achieve CITA accreditation and become a part of CITA's outstanding network of schools," said Elliot Sainer, president of Aspen Education Group. "This designation is a direct result of the successful implementation of best practices across our continuum of services and our ongoing commitment to excellence, and will ensure that academic credits earned at Aspen are legitimately recognized by institutions around the world."

Accreditation is based on meeting or exceeding CITA Standards, and is a voluntary commitment on the part of a school or group of schools to achieve high standards, engage in common protocol of school improvement, and participate in peer reviews of schools. The hallmark of accreditation is that a school is as it represents itself, that it is trustworthy and that is protects the public trust by reaching high standards and acting in a trustworthy manner.

CITA representatives visited Aspen's corporate office this past May and ultimately prepared a report granting accreditation. The report stated: "[Aspen Education Group] has a clear mission, purpose, and understanding of objectives in support of the children and families it chooses to serve.... Aspen Education Group is successfully enhancing the goal for promoting academic and personal growth in students and their families. The corporation is living its mission."

"CITA is proud to have Aspen Education Group as part of its accredited corporations," said Dr. Claudia Carter, assistant executive director of CITA. "We believe Aspen is an extremely high quality company, and we were particularly impressed with their staff of experts."

Demand for CITA accreditation is now worldwide. Accreditation helps schools and colleges trust in the education of other accredited schools and helps parents, students and the public believe in these institutions. The standards guide policies for awarding credit, granting diplomas, and other educational procedures.

Aspen Education Group is recognized nationwide as the largest and most comprehensive network of therapeutic schools and programs. Aspen Education Group offers professionals and families the opportunity to choose from a variety of therapeutic settings in order to best meet a student's unique academic and emotional needs. Aspen Education Group has been profiled by major news and television organizations around the world, including U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and People magazine, as well as on CNN, ABC's 20/20 and Good Morning America, NBC's The Today Show and Dateline NBC, National Public Radio and the syndicated television show Dr. Phil. Aspen is a division of CRC Health Group, the nation's largest chemical dependency and related behavioral health organization. For more information about Aspen Education Group, visit http://www.aspeneducation.com or call (888) 972-7736.

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