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What Accreditation Means for Returning Adult Students

By University of Phoenix
April 29, 2020 • 1 minute read

What does accreditation mean when considering whether the University of Phoenix is the right school for you? If you are an adult student, interested in returning to college to pursue a degree, it may mean more than you think.

It may help you determine whether the University will be true to its commitment to provide a quality education for working adults — one that uses technology to make classes more accessible and more convenient for students balancing a career, a family and aspirations for more education.

What does accreditation mean?

Accreditation demonstrates that the University is true to its mission, with validation from peers within the higher-education community, according to Vice Provost Kathleen Schnier, PhD.

“Because we are accredited, everything we do is based on our mission,” she said. “We are built around the returning adult student. Everything is created around that.”

The University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which rigorously evaluates institutions based on factors ranging from student opinion surveys to on-campus visits to federal compliance reviews.