Why is accreditation important? Although graduating from an accredited program does not guarantee jobs or licensure for individuals, it may facilitate such achievement. It reflects the quality by which an educational institution or a program conducts its business. It speaks to a sense of public trust, as well as to professional quality. As a student, accreditation provides assurance that the program in which you are enrolled or are considering enrolling is engaged in continuous review and improvement of its quality, that it meets nationally endorsed standards in the profession, and that it is accountable for achieving what it sets out to do.
Accreditation is an important credential to look for when choosing a college. If you have credits to transfer from another accredited institution, you will want to make sure both schools have accreditation that allows you to transfer credits back and forth. Accreditation is also important for your degree to be widely recognized by employers and professional associations. Accreditation is an assurance to students and the public that an institution meets or exceeds standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. To learn more about the value of accreditation, click here.
College of Court Reporting was granted authorization by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education (BPE) on January 1, 1985. It was granted approval by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) November 1, 1987. It was granted accreditation by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award Diplomas, Certificates, and Occupational Associate Degrees. September 1989. The court reporting program was granted approval by ACICS May 23, 2001 to be delivered through distance education. Website: http://www.in.gov/cpe/index.htm
The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools - The stated mission of ACICS is to advance educational excellence at independent, nonpublic career schools, colleges, and organizations in the United States and abroad. This is achieved through a deliberate and thorough accreditation process of quality assessment and enhancement as well as ethical business and educational practices whereby ACICS attempts to maintain minimum standards, policies, and procedures leading to institutional effectiveness. ACICS contact information: 750 First Street, NE, Suite 908, Washington, DC 2002-4241, Telephone: (202) 336-6780, Website: http://www.acics.org
National Court Reporters Association - College of Court Reporting, Inc. is certified by and has met the General Requirements and Minimum Standards established by the Council on Approved Student Education of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). NCRA is not an accrediting agency, but most NCRA-approved programs are accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. NCRA contact information: 8224 Old Courthouse Road, Vienna, VA 22183-3808, Telephone: (800) 272-6272, Website: http://www.ncraonline.org
National Verbatim Reporters Association - College of Court Reporting is an affilliate of the National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA). Founded in 1967, NVRA is the only national professional organization dedicated to the practice of voice writing, offering support and benefits to its members, certification, conferences, and newsletters. NVRA offers several levels of membership. Court reporters using either voice or stenographic methods may become general members of NVRA. Contact information: 629 North Main Street Hattiesburg, MS 39401, Telephone: (601) 582-4345, Website: http://www.nvra.org
NC-SARA Approved Institution - National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements - College of Court Reporting participates in the National Council for State Authorization for reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and is authorized under SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) to offer programs in member states that have agreed to adhere to comparable national standards for interstate offerings of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. This reciprocity process among member states endeavors to ensure high quality standards in relation to state authorization for distance learning. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional compacts.