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Just left Radford University yesterday after doing a Coach4aday leadership presentation for thirty talented leaders.
Radford University is ACCREDITED by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees.
In essence when a school, college, or university has been ACCREDITED it a former of quality control for students and the public.
Often times there will be confusion between ACCREDITED, license, and certification.
Came across a great blog called Council on Accreditation Blog. They had a great post on this topic
Here are the differences and similarities
Accreditation is both a process and a credential
The accreditation process is voluntary
Only organizations, agencies, or programs can be accredited
If an organization is accredited this means they conducted a thorough self-assessment and compared themselves to recognized standards of best practice. Accreditation means that the organization, agency, or program was able to demonstrate evidence of implementation to all of the relevant standards. It is a rigorous process conducted by a third party organization.
Licensing exists primarily for public safety and the well-being of consumers
Typically, licensing is involuntary
Individuals, facilities, programs, organizations or agencies can be licensed
Individuals are often licensed by their respective state to practice counseling, social work, or nursing.
Certification demonstrates the capability to provide a specialized service or particular program.
Typically, certification is voluntary, but sometimes regulatory bodies require certification in order to provide a specific service
Individuals, facilities, programs, organizations or agencies can obtain certification
Certifications at the organizational level can definitely vary, including the terminology.
As I drove away yesterday I realized that the journey of leadership is like the process of becoming ACCREDITED. To grow as a leader you have to go thru a self-assessment to see if you meet the standards of best practices. The subtle difference is we serve as the accrediting agency using our integrity and commitment to grow as a leader. We get to do the accreditation not anyone else.
The group I was with yesterday dubbed Team RAD is well on there way to being ACCREDITED.