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To give official authorization or status. To recognize as having sufficient academic standards to qualify graduates for higher education or for professional practice. In International Law: (1) To acknowledge; to receive as an envoy and give that person credit and rank accordingly. (2) To send with credentials as an envoy. This latter use is now the accepted one.


verb accept, affirm, approve, authenticate, authorize, certify, confirm, endorse, ratify, sanction, vouch for
Associated concepts: accredited law school, accredited reppesentative
See also: agree, allow, approve, ascribe, authorize, bestow, certify, concur, confirm, corroborate, cosign, countenance, delegate, empower, honor, indorse, notarize, qualify, seal, sign, support, trust, verify

TO ACCREDIT, international law. The act by which a diplomatic agent is acknowledged by the government near which he is sent. This at once makes his public character known, and becomes his protection.

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Reaching this new level of achievement and "new vision for learning" will require shared responsibility among universities, high schools, accrediting agencies, policymakers, business leaders, the media, the community, boards of trustees and college students and their parents.
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accrediting bodies are not accountable to the public or to government.
Given the lack of mutual recognition of accrediting bodies, the key to selecting a registrar is client or customer needs.
Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, Texas School of Business offers students diploma programs in allied health and business, including dental and medical assistant, pharmacy technician, electrician, computer business systems and medical office specialist.
The topic of accrediting tax specialists was given to the Tax Division's Tax Executive Committee, which established a Tax Specialization Task Force under the Tax Practice Management Committee.
The ABA hopes to avoid the proliferation of state specialty programs after the Peel decision in Illinois allowed advertising of specialty designations offered by valid accrediting bodies.
As an independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.
Louis-based AACSB is the sole recognized accrediting agency for bachelor's and master's degree programs in accounting and business administration.
AMDG is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Commission for International and Transregional Accreditation (CITA), and the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC).

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