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Accreditation & Reaffirmation

Emerge Education understands the burden preparing for accreditation and reaffirmation review places on institutions, their faculty, and staff. For that reason, Emerge is pleased to offer accreditation review auditing and consulting services for colleges and universities.

Emerge Education is a leading assurance partner for colleges and universities seeking initial licensure, state approval, state authorization, and regional or specialized accreditation.


Emerge team members will guide your institution through the intense assessment and quality improvement work necessary to build strong systems that inspire accreditor confidence.
Emerge also provides consultation to institutions facing accreditation actions for failure to properly document and report that they are meeting standards.


Emerge team members can provide the guidance necessary to help your institution secure the benefits of regional accreditation, including security for student financial aid programs, improved prospects for credit transfer, and public recognition of your college or university’s quality.

Our specialists will help your institution develop or improve relations with the Higher Learning Commission, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Northwest Commission on Colleges or Universities, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


Emerge specialists also work with national accreditors such as the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), formerly known as the National Home Study Council and then as the Distance Education and Training Council, which specializes in the accreditation of 51 percent of all distance education programs of study and institutions in the United States; the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a non-profit education corporation recognized by the United States Department of Education as an autonomous national accrediting body and which has accredited 245 colleges and universities since 1912 and; the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), established in 1974 and awarded the designation of ISO 9001 Quality Management System by the International Organization for Standardization. ACCET was the first national accrediting agency to achieve this designation.

Emerge ensures that your institution is prepared for an upcoming accreditation/reaffirmation review through a comprehensive accreditation audit.
We can hold a training workshop for your team to be equipped with the right tools and guidance for each step of the process.
We know exactly what the accreditation committee is looking for and how to create compliant reports. 
Successfully navigate the process of Public Sanction to return your institution to good standing.

Our team of specialists can assist your institution to:


  • Understand the nature of accreditation as a peer-supported system of quality assurance that is used by state and federal agencies to determine an institution’s quality and qualification for various forms of aid
  • Measure a new college or university’s readiness to pursue regional or national accreditation eligibility
  • Assist a college or university to prepare its first application and self-study in anticipation of full accreditation
  • Meet the exacting demands of regional and national accreditors through mission assessment, policy audits, gap analyses, process development, and assistance with preparation of self-studies and other assurance reports
  • Build a budgeting and strategic finance infrastructure which will afford the institution stability and sustainability while meeting the expectations of national, regional and specialized accreditors and state and federal agencies

Stay ahead of the process!

Accreditation/Reaffirmation preparedness made easy with Emerge Education.

Meet our Accreditation Expert

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Dr. Gerald O’Sullivan

Dr. O’Sullivan serves as Emerge Education’s Senior VP for Accreditation and Compliance. Dr. O’Sullivan holds a Ph.D. from The University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University and the baccalaureate degree, summa, from Fordham University. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.

For almost thirty years, Dr. O’Sullivan has served independent higher education in roles of increasing responsibility, from faculty member and program director through Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and then Provost. He has written or co-written numerous self-study reports, interim and periodic review reports, and progress and monitoring reports. Dr. O’Sullivan has also served as an accreditation visitor, team chair, report reader, and consultant to state and federal agencies on matters critical to independent higher education. He has published articles in Change: The Magazine of Higher Education and Dean & Provost, among others.

To read more about Dr. O’Sullivan’s professional experience click here.

Want to learn more?

Our expertise and approach ensures your institution has the support and resources needed to respond to the accreditation committee with confidence! Read some of our articles on accreditation.