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Through meeting high standards of education, Almeda University has been granted membership or accreditation by several certifying organizations. A brief description of each is provided below. We encourage you to visit their web sites for further information:

COUNCIL FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION ACCREDITATION (CDEA)

COUNCIL FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION ACCREDITATION  (CDEA) has a commitment to high quality educational values, customer service and business practices. The services of CDEA are specific to international open and distance universities, colleges, schools and private institutions.
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The Association for Online Academic Excellence (AOAEX): The Association for Online Academic Excellence is a private, professional accrediting association that provides employers with a resource of acceptable college degrees attained through non-traditional means. The colleges and universities that gain accreditation by AOAEX strive to produce qualified degree students that meet or exceed those of more traditionally accredited universities. 
Interfaith Education Ministries
Interfaith Education Ministries (IEM) provides certificates of measurement and evaluation of  educational and professional credentials and practices of traditional, nontraditional, religious and other online and distance education programs. IEM, founded in 1965, is listed in the UNESCO Higher Education Institutions Registry (HEIR) under United States of America. UNESCO is the Educational Arm of the United Nations which is recognized by the Departments of Education of all countries members of the Lisbon Convention, including the U.S. Department of Education . UNESCO is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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USA Chamber of E-Commerce USA Chamber of E-Commerce: Promotes online e-commerce domestically and internationally.
diploma program ePublicEye.com: ePublicEye.com is an independent third party that allows consumers to rate e-businesses and non-traditional distance-learning educational institutions for reliability, privacy and customer satisfaction.
Association of International Education Assessors (AIEA)
Association of International Education Assessors (AIEA) is a consortium of select agencies and organizations committed to t he support of quality online schools and programs.
The Netcheck Commerce Bureau
The Netcheck Commerce Bureau was established in 1995 to promote ethical business practices worldwide and to increase consumer and corporate confidence in purchasing products and services on-line on the Internet.


A Note About Accreditation

Accreditation or acceptance by any the above organizations ensures that degrees issued by Almeda carry the weight they need to be accepted by small, medium and large companies across the United States and around the world. However, accreditation by these organizations does not guarantee your degree will be accepted by everyone. If you are unsure about whether the company you work for or the company you would like to apply to will accept your degree, we encourage you to contact them before proceeding any further with us. 

The same can be said for transferring your Almeda degree to another college or university. Few colleges or universities recognize credits earned at other institutions. This goes for traditional colleges, such as Harvard or Yale, as well as non-traditional colleges like Almeda. Therefore, if you wish to use your Almeda degree as the basis for further education or transfer your Almeda credits to another educational institution, we encourage you to contact that institution before pursuing your degree at Almeda to see what their policy is on this matter.

In the United States, accreditation is used to assure quality in educational institutions and programs. Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental process of peer review. It requires an educational institution or program to meet certain defined standards or criteria. Accreditation is sometimes confused with certification. In general, institutions and programs are accredited, and individuals are certified.

There are two types of accreditation: institutional and specialized. Institutional accreditors, such as those referred to as "regional" accreditors, examine the college or university as a whole educational institution. Specialized accreditors evaluate specific educational programs. Professional accreditors, such as those for medicine, law, architecture and engineering, fall into this category.

The Association for Online Academic Excellence (AOAEX) is a professional accrediting organization that evaluates and offers accreditation to various programs and institutes — specifically those in the distance-learning arena. Unlike many other accrediting bodies, the AOAEX accreditation has been conferred upon us for our honesty and integrity in business practices and the value of the acceptability of our diploma process. It is not an examination of our courses or online academic studies.

The AOAEX is not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the seven official regional accrediting agencies. This non-recognition may have some implications to include, but not limited to: 1. Almeda University is unable to participate in the Federal Student Loan/Financial Aid program. 2. Almeda University is not authorized to accept the GI Bill. 3. Almeda University is unable to guarantee acceptance of its degree programs in other postsecondary institutions.  4. Corporations are not required to recognize degrees from Almeda University.

The majority of our graduates are attracted to Almeda due to its strong reputation for rewarding professional achievement through life experience credit. Without this process, we would exclude many of our current applicants from admission, which makes applying for regional accreditation under its current conditions impractical. As we continue to expand, we will continually evaluate our corporate strategy regarding accreditation. We may elect to remain autonomous from regional accreditation in order to maintain our current programming, or we may elect to seek regional accreditation if we determine it to be in the best interests of our students. Regardless of which direction we pursue, any changes to the current status will be immediately posted on the website and announced in the monthly newsletter.

We recommend that all prospective applicants check with their potential employer to determine their policies on acceptance of degrees from private postsecondary institutions with AOAEX accreditation.

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