Grand Junction, CO (PRWEB) May 29, 2012
Partners in Education & Tuition Assistance Programs (PETAP) is an academic resource guide that connects students with a degree program that works with their financial and educational needs. However, PETAP consistently sees students who have made the mistake of choosing a college that is not accredited in their field.
As PETAP explains, accreditation is a recognition program that often determines success in a given field. Accreditation can apply if a student chooses a field that requires state licensing, such as nursing or dentistry. It can also factor in when a student decides to apply past education to a future degree. Many postgraduate programs will require a degree from an accredited school in order to be accepted.
Some students have spent time and money pursuing a degree at a school that isn’t accredited. PETAP explains that accreditation is a stamp of approval from the governing body. In some cases, that governing body is the government itself but in others, a national association sets which educational institutions deserve accreditation.
PETAP helps students out by providing accreditation information on its website. PETAP’s directory lists institutions accredited by three accrediting organizations—The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), U.S. Department of Education (USDE), and the National Accreditation and Certification Board (NACB).
When choosing a college, PETAP explains that it’s not just important for students to choose an accredited school, but also a school that is accredited in the particular area of emphasis for that student. If possible, students should map out a career path prior to starting. PETAP can help a student with that by providing accreditation directly on its site. The prospective student can learn the accreditation status of a school and compare it to the accreditation requirements of any postgraduate schools or state licensing boards prior to beginning.
As PETAP explains, many students are now choosing to complete educational requirements using non-traditional methods. Online degree programs and distance learning are becoming the norm rather than the exception, PETAP has found. While the convenience of attending classes at his or her leisure is enticing, the time and money invested in any degree program makes it important for potential students to do as much research as possible before embarking on an education.
PETAP can help students by narrowing down the list of schools nearby, all accredited by one of three major accrediting organizations. This service is provided free of charge to all students who participate. PETAP.org conveniently organizes offerings into online and distance learning and traditional colleges and universities, as well as allowing students the luxury of limiting search results to one particular area of study. This makes searching easy.
Students can also search by degree program. Those looking for an associate’s degree can narrow their search results to receive only educational institutions offering associate’s programs. Students can learn about bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, doctoral degrees, and MBAs, as well as narrowing down results to certificates, diplomas, or coursework.