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We’re here to help you invest your education dollars wisely. Today’s higher education marketplace offers a mind-boggling array of options ranging from community colleges to online PhD programs. As with any industry in a free economy, different institutions offer different levels of quality. Unlike many countries, the U.S. does not have a central ministry of education that oversees all colleges and universities. We do, however, have a government-sanctioned system comprised of independent agencies that provide institutions of higher education with their stamp of approval. This approval, or accreditation, is meant to assure prospective students that the school meets certain education quality standards and that it has the resources to deliver on its promises. Accredited schools are recognized by employers, other schools, and the federal government, which controls financial aid dollars. We created AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org to be the comprehensive accreditation resource for anyone in the process of selecting a college. It is our fervent hope that through the information we provide here prospective students will be able to make informed decisions about which college to attend and avoid being saddled with student loans and worthless degrees from “diploma mills.”


Okay, we admit we’re a little geeky. We love data. We’re particularly passionate about higher education-related data. We live to collect, organize, analyze, and find meaning in the data. Then we present it to you in nice little packages, and in all sorts of ways. Looking for all the accredited schools in Massachusetts? They’re here. Want to know which are the best accredited online MBS programs in the country? Look no further. Need a list of all accredited nursing schools? It’s here. Lists are great, but so are articles. That’s why we’ve compiled everything you need to know about the importance of accreditation, the accreditation process, the accrediting agencies, and the most recent news related to educational accreditation. We’re your one-stop accreditation shop.


  • Dan Schuessler

    As the resident financial expert, Dan has a passion for analyzing trends and statistics with the objective of influencing university technology roadmaps and spending habits. Dan is a finance graduate of Cal Poly. When Dan is not eating out at a hot new San Francisco restaurant or spending time with his two-year old daughter and infant son, you can probably find him out on a long trail run or training for his next triathlon.

  • Doug Jones

    Doug has been in high tech for his entire 14-year career, working in various Silicon Valley companies from large semi conductor firms to small internet start-ups. With a wife and two sons, Doug keeps busy with family when he is not working. Since Doug attended Carnegie Mellon University, tuition costs have doubled, and he’s become acutely aware of the social challenge that rising college fees pose on students and families across the country. Doug is hoping AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org will provide important information so that anyone shopping for a school can make a sound financial decision.

  • Wes Ricketts

    Wes brings more than a dozen years of experience in higher education — and nearly a decade in online media and marketing — to the ASO team. He’s written and edited feature articles for Yahoo Education, AOL Jobs, MSN Careers, and many other major media outlets. A Seattle native, he’s a die-hard Seattle Seahawks fan who now lives in Reno, NV. He holds advanced degrees in history and international relations.

  • Peggy Barresi

    A mother of two college-age girls, Peggy is acutely aware of the financial importance of attending an accredited college. She is a former college marketing administrator who offers an insider’s perspective on the inner workings of higher education. Her writing and editorial experience spans more than 25 years and includes work for several Fortune 500 companies. Originally from Puerto Rico, this avid yoga fan attended Boston University because she wanted to see snow, and somehow never left the area.