Educational accreditation is intended to ensure that educational institutions or programs meet quality assurance standards.

While most countries in the world conduct educational accreditation under the auspices of a government organization, the quality assurance process in the United States is largely independent of the government and performed by private nonprofit organizations. These accrediting bodies impose standards that apply to virtually all aspects of the operation of postsecondary educational institutions and programs and that overlap with — and sometimes conflict with — federal and state requirements.

Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville represents clients in a variety of interactions with their accrediting agencies, including initial grants of accreditation, renewal of accreditation, substantive change approvals, assisting with self-studies and responses to accreditation visit reports, responding to show cause orders, representation in connection with adversarial proceedings that could result in probation, withdrawal or revocation of accreditation, and appeals from negative actions.

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