Accredited Schools Online

About Us

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.

Our Mission

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.

We will never include non-accredited colleges in our school rankings and our resources will always be free for students to use.

What We Provide

Our team of education experts is passionate about supporting prospective students by creating quality search tools, school rankings, in-depth guides, financial aid resources and expert advice. Since launching Community for Accredited Schools Online, we’ve helped countless students find the accredited program or school that meets their educational and career goals, and over 1,000 colleges, universities and government entities have shared our resources and content.

Our Team

We’re current and former teachers, data analysts, financial aid experts, educational administrators and journalists. We’re passionate about data — and higher-education data in particular. And we’re all committed to helping students make informed decisions on their journey to a college degree.

Wes Ricketts

Senior Vice President, Content

Wes brings more than a dozen years of experience in higher education — and nearly a decade in online media and marketing — to the team at the Community for Accredited Online Schools. 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, Nevada. He holds advanced degrees in history and international relations.

Kristin Marino

Editorial Director

Kristin brings over a decade of online content management experience to ABUV Media, where she works with editors and writers to publish well-researched content for the Community for Accredited Online Schools. When Kristin’s not working, she can usually be found somewhere warm where she can practice her Spanish. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Philip Francisco

Campaign Manager, Community Outreach

Philip graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in Information Systems. He joins the ABUV Media team as a Campaign Manager, where he spreads the word about the Community for Accredited Online Schools’ editorial content, such as financial aid, finding degree programs, and student life. Before coming to ABUV Media, Philip worked in the retail market doing sales support supplying Verizon stores with inventory across the country. Outside of work, you can usually find him eating all-you-can-eat (AYCE) sushi or attending the nearest hip hop show.

Kim Williams

Marketing Manager

Kim graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in advertising and a minor in digital media. She first started her career in marketing as a social media freelancer and had a passion to learn more. Now, she manages our virtual research team that supports the Community for Accredited Online Schools. When she’s not working, you can find her putting her creativity to good use by making lithographs and designing invitations.

Featured Experts

Keith Carlson

Nursing Expert

Keith Carlson is a Board Certified Nurse Coach who helps nurses create satisfying, healthy, and enriching careers. He has been a nurse since 1996, and also writes the award-winning nursing blog, “Digital Doorway”. He is the co-founder and co-host of RNFM Radio and also hosts his own nursing career podcast called The Nurse Keith Show.

Kevin N. Ladd


Kevin N. Ladd is the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of, 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.

Darcy G. Keller

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.

Anne Macleod Weeks

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.

Mark Kantrowitz

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 and publisher of He is also author of Filing the FAFSA, and writes extensively on student aid policy.

Dr. Michele Scott Taylor

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.

Featured Writers

Gabby Hyman

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

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

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

Alix Cirac

Alix Cirac has degrees in journalism and political science, but is fortunate enough to coach volleyball as a “real job” as the Assistant Director of the Northern Nevada Juniors Volleyball Club. In addition to coaching, she’s also spent the last ten years working with student-athletes on college prep, including program research, standardized test strategy, tutoring, time management, and organizational skill improvement.

Shannon Lee

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.

Shelley Zansler

Shelley is a writer based in Portland, OR. She earned her BA in English with a writing minor from Portland State University. While at PSU, she volunteered as a writing tutor at a nearby high school, where she helped students prepare for college, craft sincere application essays and improve their overall writing skills so that their voices stand out. Shelley is enthusiastic about helping students navigate college and life after graduation, and she continues providing tips and advice to students of all ages. is owned by ABUV Media, which creates expert-driven, consumer-focused websites and tools that help people make more informed decisions about their education, career and future.

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