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Almeda College and University is accredited by, or a member of the following organizations. We’ve included a brief description of each, but we invite you to visit their web sites for further information.

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. 


USA Chamber of E-Commerce: Promotes online e-commerce domestically and internationally. 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. Pioneers in the use of consumer feedback to promote safer e-commerce, is the first company to use consumer intelligence to empower consumers, merchants, and educators.
A Note About Accreditation

Accreditation or acceptance by any the above organization(s) 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), the organization that accredits Almeda College & University, is a professional accrediting organization that accredits programs—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 College & University is unable to participate in the Federal Student Loan / Financial Aid program. 2. Almeda College & University is not authorized to accept the GI Bill. 3. Almeda College & University is unable to guarantee acceptance of its degree programs in other postsecondary institutions except those accredited by the AOAEX. 4. Corporations are not required to recognize degrees from Almeda College & University. Almeda College & University expects to pursue regional accreditation in 2003; however, we cannot guarantee accreditation will be granted to us at that time.

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

Any changes to Almeda’s accreditation status will be announced immediately on this web site.


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