ACCREDITATION AND LEGAL STATUS
Jefferson High School is an online program available to students throughout North America and is a US based, privately owned, for-profit, school incorporated in the State of Florida. Jefferson High School is Registered with the FL State Department of Education as a private diploma granting high school, as required by State Law. Please click here to view the State Department of Education Website and locate us in the “Broward” school district.
Our Florida Department of Education school code is: 6580
Disclosure: Jefferson High School is not accredited nor is it recognized by the USDOE or CHEA, and is a non regional accreditor. Accreditation is VOLUNTARY and not required. U.S. based students that are seeking a high school diploma for college entrance in the United States, should seek a high school diploma from a Regionally Accredited High School recognized by CHEA and/or the DOE, especially if considering Federal Financial Aid, as none CHEA /USDOE recognized programs are not eligible. Please check with your college of choice to determine entrance requirements as each school has its own enrollment prerequisites. Jefferson High School does not guarantee or otherwise control the recognition accorded by this diploma, by institutions of higher education, other schools, or prospective employers, and that such recognition is a matter solely within the discretion of those entities.
Accreditation is a VOLUNTARY method of quality assurance developed for universities and schools. It is designed primarily to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards, and the accreditation process also effectively drives student performance and continuous improvement in education. But such definitions, though accurate, are incomplete. Accreditation is a process through which a company/program/school maintains and improves its organization and program(s). Accrediting organizations develop criteria or standards by which a school can be measured. It is the responsibility of accrediting organizations to audit programs on the basis of quality, accountability, and improvement for those organizations that are accredited by them. We are actively engaged with researching accreditor options but have not made any further commitments at this time.
Accrediting agencies: There are a number of online schools using fake accreditation, trust your school by reviewing this page carefully. Make sure your school is real and if claiming accreditation, using real accreditation. Not having accreditation is perfectly fine and accepted. In fact, AdvancED gives instructions on how to accept school programs from unaccredited organizations. Accrediting agencies are organizations (or bodies) that establish operating standards for educational or professional institutions and programs, determine the extent to which the standards are met, and publicly announce their findings. A list of recognized accrediting bodies can be found via the CHEA website. There are two basic types of educational accreditation, one identified as “institutional” and one referred to as “specialized” or “programmatic.”” Institutional accreditation normally applies to an entire institution, indicating that each of an institutionÕs parts is contributing to the achievement of the institutionÕs objectives, although not necessarily all at the same level of quality.
USDOE and Accreditation: The U.S. Department of Education does not accredit educational institutions and/or programs. However, the Secretary of Education is required by law to publish a list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies that the Secretary determines to be reliable authorities as to the quality of education or training provided by the institutions of higher education and the higher education programs they accredit. The U.S. Secretary of Education also recognizes State agencies for the approval of education. That being said, the State Dept. of Education has no requirements on accreditation (please see below). The Secretary of Education’s recognition of accrediting agencies is limited by statute to accreditation activities within the USA. Although many recognized agencies carry out accrediting activities outside the United States, these actions are not within the legal authority of the DOE to recognize, are not reviewed by the Department, and the Department does not exercise any oversight over them. (Consequently, institutions and programs outside the US that are accredited by recognized agencies are not included in this database.)
Accreditor Database: The Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs is compiled entirely from publicly available information reported to the U.S. Department of Education by recognized accrediting agencies and state approval agencies that have been asked to provide information for each institution and/or program accredited by that agency. This reported information is not audited. The database is updated to reflect additional information as it is received from recognized accrediting agencies and state approval agencies but the Department makes no guarantee that the database will be updated immediately upon receipt of such information. The U.S. Department of Education cannot; therefore, guarantee that the information contained in the database is accurate, current, or complete. There are a variety of for-profit and non-profit membership organizations for accreditation that provide guidance for the evaluation and/or accreditation of learning programs. These vary greatly in their qualification requirements and you should review them carefully based on your goals. JHS provides a stringent internal review program for its overall program and particularly for its interactive testing platform and examination program. JHS is currently researching organizations that are consistent with its online motivational and achievement goals, and such agencies and boards founded with the aim to provide insight to distance education institutions and in certain circumstances to judge their quality of motivational service on the basis of sound standards and reasonable business practices. Unaccredited institutions are not reviewed against a set of standards to determine the quality of their education and training. This does not necessarily mean that an unaccredited institution is of poor quality, but earning a degree from an unaccredited institution may create problems for students. Some employers, institutions, and licensing boards only recognize degrees earned from institutions accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. With this in mind, it is recommended that students check with other institutions regarding the transfer of credit policy to determine if that institution would accept the degree and/or credits earned from any institution they plan to enroll in.
Why /Why Not Accredit: The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met. Institutions and/or programs that request an agency’s evaluation and that meet an agency’s criteria are then “accredited” by that agency. Specialized accreditation normally applies to the evaluation of programs, departments, or schools, which usually are parts of a total collegiate or other postsecondary institution. The unit accredited may be as large as a college or school within a university or as small as a curriculum within a discipline. Most of the specialized accrediting agencies review units within a postsecondary institution, which is accredited by one of the regional accrediting commissions. However, certain of the specialized accrediting agencies accredit professional schools and other specialized or vocational or other postsecondary institutions, which are freestanding in their operations. Thus, a “specialized” or “programmatic” accrediting agency may also function in the capacity of an “institutional” accrediting agency. In addition, a number of specialized accrediting agencies accredit educational programs within non-educational settings, such as hospitals.
Assuring Quality: Accreditation is the primary means by which schools and programs assure overall quality to students and the public.Source of Improvement: Accreditation provides a source and urge for continuous improvement in the educational practices followed by that institute. Easing Transfer. Accreditation ensures a student a smooth transfer of programs among colleges and universities. Recognition: Accreditation of institutions and/or programs recognizes them as a symbol of high quality in their particular area of focus. Engendering Employer Confidence: Accredited status of an institution or program is important to employers when evaluating credentials of job applicants.
How Accreditation is granted: There are some non-governmental agencies or boards that establish certain standards that are required to be met by a company/school/program in order to get an accredited status. Their core function is to promote high quality distance education by identifying standards that outline best educational practices. These boards or agencies evaluate the company/school/program for the following areas: Institution’s Mission/Vision Educational practices Administration Faculty Financial Stability Policies and Student Services Organizations fulfilling the requirements for these areas are then granted accreditation. Accreditation is only offered to those programs that meet the strict standards set by the official and semi-official agencies or boards. These are typically non-governmental agencies that are highly involved and committed to improve the overall standards of online or physical programs. AGAIN, THERE IS NO LEGAL OR FORMAL REQUIREMENT FOR A SCHOOL TO BE ACCREDITED. If however you require an accredited program, JHS recommends you only use a program aligned to the following agencies (provide by wiki).
Proactive School Standards in Alignment with Typical Accreditation Standards: Accreditation generally means that a school or program has been evaluated by an independent group, and meets that accrediting agency’s standards. As seen, there are many options for accreditation and the process is voluntary/optional for a private school. Often smaller programs simply cannot afford the cost of such an ongoing review process, have religious reasons for avoiding accreditation, financial reasons, or simply are in the process of becoming accredited. No school is accredited unless it or its school district has undergone the years of evaluation that are needed to become an accredited school. In an effort to keep program cost down and the current platform HSE based format, JHS has not yet sought nor been approved by the US DOE, CHEA or DETC organizations and does not represent itself to be an accredited program of any of these organizations. However JHS is actively pursuing accreditation options, in the meantime JHS incorporates an internal review and self-auditing approach to assure consistent standards that include but are not limited to the following: Create impetus for organizational improvement and assist in the general rising of diploma granting standards. Offer an equal opportunity for anyone to receive evaluation and education program rather than a government mandated and regulated testing. Recognize good performance of students and advisors and provide motivation to maintain and improve mutual performance. Improve performance review standards of quality and responsiveness and to increase professionalism Provide superior customer service to students whose timely review of life experience and online testing is an important motivator for them engaging our program. Please review all program information provided throughout the website to make the best educated selection for your needs. Please check back with us often for the latest details on accreditation and the programs offered by Jefferson High School.
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