Accreditation of the criminal justice school is an important point that has to be taken into consideration when choosing the best school for your enrolment for criminal studies. By accreditation, it means that these schools and its programs have been reviewed by representatives of the US Department of Education. Once the school seeking accreditation has passed certain norms laid forward by this department, then the school is provided accreditation by this department. So if you get a degree from an accredited school, the degree will be recognized and accepted throughout the nation by all employers.
The US Department of Education basically funds six regional accreditation (RA) bodies along with two spin-offs from two of these RA bodies. These bodies are in charge of providing accreditation to all the schools that fall according to the jurisdictions of their region. These bodies are found in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the New England Association of schools and colleges, the North Central Associations of Colleges and Schools, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The two spin offs that you find from these colleges are the Western Association’s Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities and the North Central’s Higher Learning Commission. So if your criminal justice school is a school that has been accredited by one of these eight groups that receive funding from U.S. Dept of Education, and has site visit-peer review, then you can be sure the school has the best accreditation you can think of. All degrees issued from a criminal justice school from this group of schools will be accepted by all employers to facilitate easy employment.
You may find many accreditation bodies on the Internet that advertise about many online schools that are accredited by them. But these accrediting bodies are all fakes that they themselves have no accreditation for themselves. So the accreditations they claim to serve are actually not true and have no value at all. Out of all these fake accrediting bodies, you may find that some of these bodies are blacklisted and issue degrees that are not valid. However, there are some of them that have 30 percent validity for accreditation from the respective organizations. However, employers do not generally accept the degrees provided by the schools that have accreditations from these agencies.
To be on the safe side, and for the easy choice of employees, employers get to check from two lists of schools to see if a degree from a particular school is recognized or not. They are the lists prepared by the state of Michigan and the state of Oregon. Accreditation is the most important point to consider when choosing the criminal justice school you plan to enroll in. This is because the degree you earn after spending lots of money and effort may not be worth the paper it is written on if the school you join is not accredited.