About ASPA

The Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors

ASPA’s Role and Function

We are the only organization whose members are specialized and professional accrediting agencies. Our member accreditors set national educational standards for entry into more than 100 specialized disciplines or defined professions. ASPA, a 501(c)(3) association, works with higher education and government officials to enhance education and accreditation and functions as the only national voice for this important constituency.


Our Vision

ASPA is the authoritative voice of specialized and professional accreditation.


Our Mission

ASPA provides a collaborative forum and a collective voice for organizations that assure the quality of specialized and professional higher education programs and schools.

ASPA accomplishes its mission by:

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Facilitating collaboration among programs, institutions, and accrediting organizations;
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Promoting quality in education and accreditation, through discussion, advocacy and educational offerings;

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Encouraging a focus on student learning and graduate competencies; and

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Advocating for the integrity, independence, and autonomy of accrediting organizations and their affiliated institutions and programs

Our Values

The Association, the Board, and all Committees shall promote dignity, respect, courtesy, and cooperation in all aspects of the Association’s work.

Accreditor Members

See a full list of accreditors who are members of ASPA and the professions and fields of study for which they set quality standards.

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