In the United States, the quality of higher education institutions and their academic programs is ensured through the accreditation process. Institutions that achieve accreditation have been evaluated by a peer review board to ensure that the institution's educational standards and practices meet acceptable levels of quality.
There are two types of accreditation. Institutional accreditation applies to the entire institution and confirms the quality of the institution. Specialized accreditation applies to the quality of programs and departments that are part of the institution.
Ridgewater College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC is an independent organization recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as one of six regional institutional accrediting agencies in the United States.
Specialized accrediting agencies have conferred accreditation on five programs at Ridgewater College. These accrediting bodies are recognized by the Council for Higher Education accreditation and/or the United States Department of Education.