There’s a mind-boggling array of options in the higher-education marketplace, ranging from community colleges to online PhD programs. But not all of them are created equal.
That's where accreditation comes in. Accreditation is meant to assure prospective students that a 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, who controls financial aid dollars. Accreditation impacts credit transfers, degree acceptance and your employability.
Since 2013, our mission has been to provide accurate, trustworthy and expert-driven information that makes it simple for prospective students to make informed decisions about which accredited college to attend. Every student has different educational needs, but our goal is to make it easy for them to find the degree, program, school and career that helps them meet their potential.
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Kevin N. Ladd is the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Scholarships.com, one of the most widely used free college scholarship search and financial aid information resources online. The organization also formed RightStudent in 2011, a company that has built relationships with colleges and universities across the U.S. to provide students with the opportunity to not only interact with prospective colleges, but to also be recruited by them.
Financial Aid Expert
Darcy G. Keller is the Director of Student Financial Services at City University of Seattle. She has been a student advocate working in the financial aid field since 1985 at private, state, and land-grant institutions. She is a member of the national and regional financial aid associations, and has been an active member of the Washington Student Financial Aid Association (WFAA) since 2002, serving as president in the 2011-12 year.
College Admissions Expert
Anne Macleod Weeks is a graduate of Lawrence and Villanova Universities. She has been an educational administrator and English teacher for 38 years, specializing in college admissions. Ms. Weeks has been a leader in the college admission and Advanced Placement arenas and has published on pertinent educational topics in a variety of national papers and journals. She also blogs for a career launch firm for college student and recent graduates.
Financial Aid Expert
Mark Kantrowitz is a nationally-recognized expert on student financial aid, scholarships, and student loans. Kantrowitz is Senior Vice President and Publisher of Edvisors Network. Prior to joining Edvisors, Mark was founder and publisher of FinAid.org and publisher of Fastweb.com. He is also author of Filing the FAFSA, and writes extensively on student aid policy.
College Access & Higher Education Policy Expert
Dr. Michele Scott Taylor is the Chief Program Officer at College Now Greater Cleveland, the nation's oldest college access organization. She is an expert in college access and higher education policy and programming.
Gabby Hyman is a journalist covering higher education issues. A former English professor, he has written extensively about graduate school programs and online learning over the last ten years. He holds an MFA from the University of Alabama.
Greg Beatty earned his PhD in English from the University of Iowa and has 20+ years of experience in higher education. Beatty has developed curricula for several colleges and has served on a range of committees and advisory boards.
Katy McWhirter is a nationally-recognized historian and writer based in Louisville, Kentucky. After stints in nonprofit management and government relations, she worked abroad in educational marketing. McWhirter returned to America in 2014 to combine her two passions: writing and education. She has published two popular history books and is currently working on her third, a biography. McWhirter holds a bachelor's in social entrepreneurship from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and a master's in modern history from the University of York in York, United Kingdom. More of her work can be found at www.kathleenmcwhirter.com.
Andrew Lisa has been writing professionally since 2001. He was one of the youngest nationally distributed columnists at the largest newspaper syndicate in the country, the Gannett News Service, and later worked as a section editor at AMNewYork, the most widely distributed newspaper in Manhattan. He has written extensively about higher education, financial aid and the admissions process, and has interviewed some of the foremost experts in the field.
Shannon Lee has been trying out this writing thing for over 20 years – and after a dozen novels, thousands of articles and millions of words written, she might have finally gotten the hang of it. For the past several years, her professional writing has focused on education-related topics. With two children in college and one in preschool, she has a personal interest in the entire educational spectrum. When she's not writing, she's hanging out in the garden or whipping up a new recipe for her family to enjoy.
Thomas Short is a freelance writer based in Seattle, WA. His accomplishments include creating courses for online tutoring and helping students succeed in college. He enjoys educating readers about careers, mortgages, and education opportunities through writing. Thomas has bachelor’s degrees from Gonzaga University in economics and history.
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