American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)


Who Benefits from Accreditation?


The accreditation process of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences provides a valuable service to the public, students, institutions, programs, and the profession.  Specifically,

  • the public can be assured that AAFCS-accredited programs are evaluated extensively and conform to the expectations of the profession;
  • students can identify programs that meet their chosen profession’s standards for a quality education;
  • institutions of higher education and their family and consumer sciences programs benefit from the self-evaluation and program improvement provided by the accreditation process and earn credibility; and
  • the profession benefits from crucial input into the standards established for its future professionals.


What are the Benefits of Accreditation?

  • Accreditation provides formal recognition by peers, both within the institution and across the country.
  • Accreditation encourages planning, identifies areas for change, and provides substantial information that can be used to support resource decisions.
  • Accreditation is extremely influential in recruiting outstanding faculty and students.
  • Accreditation contributes to the assurance that graduates of these programs have formal preparation that meets nationally accepted standards and quality.
  • Accreditation enhances credibility.
  • Accreditation helps position programs to accommodate the changes in the restructuring academic world.
  • Accreditation’s self study and site visit processes provide opportunities to help faculty members, unit personnel, and institution leadership to better understand the FCS program.
  • Accreditation helps ensure that the institution is a leader in the development of family and consumer sciences professionals.
  • Accreditation may affect the amount of state monies that the unit or institution receives.
  • Accreditation promotes program improvement.
  • Accreditation helps FCS units in discussions about resource allocations with university administrators.
  • Accreditation can be a very strong factor in program retention discussions.
  • Accreditation offers a competitive advantage for programs, students, and careers.


Informational Statement Regarding Degree Mills and Accreditation Mills

Accreditation is a process used in the United States to assure the quality of the education that students receive.  It is a voluntary, peer-review process that occurs on a regular basis.  In promoting academic quality through accreditation, it is important for AAFCS and its accredited units to inform the public about the harm of degree mills and accreditation mills.

According to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), "Degree mills and accreditation mills mislead and harm. In the United States, degrees and certificates from mills may not be acknowledged by other institutions when students seek to transfer or go to graduate school. Employers may not acknowledge degrees and certificates from degree mills when providing tuition assistance for continuing education. "Accreditation" from an accreditation mill can mislead students and the public about the quality of an institution. In the presence of degree mills and accreditation mills, students may spend a good deal of money and receive neither an education nor a useable credential." Information on Degree and Accreditation Mills may be found through the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Cautions concerning these are summarized in a video that can be viewed at

Accreditation Program Support

Carol Anderson, CFCS, Director of Accreditation 

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