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Community College of the Air Force Accreditation

Air University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033–4097: Telephone number 404-679-4500) to award associate, master’s, and doctor of philosophy degrees. Air University achieved regional accreditation in 2004. Now a part of Air University’s regional accreditation, both the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS) were separately accredited by SACSCOC earlier - CCAF in 1980 and SAASS in 1998.

What is accreditation?

Please check your target AU ABC school’s accredition source to ensure that school and program will meet your unique educational requirements. 

A key question to ask yourself:  will the baccalaureate program I am considering be acceptable to the potential graduate school(s) where I might eventually apply? 

Another question to ponder:  if for some reason I do not complete the baccalaureate program, will the course I ’ve completed transfer to another college or university (such as one of my home state’s public universities)?

Accreditation is a process of external quality review used by higher education to scrutinize colleges, universities and educational programs for quality assurance and quality improvement. In the United States, accreditation is carried out by private, nonprofit organizations designed for this specific purpose.  Institutions and educational programs seek accredited status as a means of demonstrating their academic quality to students and the public and to become eligible for federal funds.  Below are links to additional information on accreditation provided by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation:

Profile of accreditation:

http://www.chea.org/pdf/fact_sheet_1_profile.pdf

How do accrediting organizations operate to assure quality?

http://www.chea.org/pdf/fact_sheet_5_operation.pdf

List of recognized accrediting organizations:

http://www.chea.org/pdf/CHEA_USDE_allaccred.pdf

Source of all accreditation information is the Council for Higher Education Accreditation:

http://www.chea.org/public_info/index.asp#who

Finally, here are some websites which offer good, common sense advice which you should consider before making your choice of AU ABC school and program:

http://www.elearners.com/guide-to-online-education/regional-and-national-accreditation.asp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_accreditation