What is Accreditation?

"Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains standards requisite for its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality." (U.S. Department of Education) There are both Institutional accreditations and Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations. 
 

Institutional Accreditation

The evaluation of an entire institution, indicating that each of an institution’s parts is contributing to the achievement of the institution’s objectives, although not necessarily all at the same level of quality.  The Higher Learning Commission is the accrediting body recognized by the U. S. Dept. of Education to oversee UW - Green Bay’s institutional accreditation. 

Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

The evaluation of programs, departments, or schools that usually are parts of a total collegiate or other postsecondary institution. UWGB holds several specialized accreditations:
  The Austin E. Cofrin School of Business is pursuing accreditation from the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).The College of Science and Technology is pursuing accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for its Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology.