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For Academic Programs

Accreditation is valuable because:
  • Accreditation provides a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve quality.
  • Accreditation helps students and their parents choose quality college degree programs.
  • Accreditation enables employers to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared.
  • Accreditation is used by registration, licensure, and certification boards to screen applicants.

Resources

First Professional Degree Programs in Forestry and Urban Forestry
For specific degree program options that lead to a first professional degree in forestry or urban forestry at the Bachelor's or Master's level.

Degree Programs in Forest Technology
For specific degree program options that lead to a two-year Associate's degree in forest technology.

Promoting your Accreditation

Accreditation is an accomplishment and demonstrates an academic program's commitment to quality. Therefore, SAF supports promotion of your accreditation. Please consider the following when choosing how to promote SAF accreditation in catalogs, brochures, and webpages.

  • SAF accredits degree programs, not degrees, departments, colleges, or universities.
  • Do list SAF-accredited degree program options as separate and distinct from non-SAF-accredited degree program options.
  • Do clearly identify under which criteria degree program options have been accredited.
  • Don't use the SAF logo to promote the program or publish the logo in any format (print or electronic)
  • Don't publish the term or period of accreditation, or the specific accreditation action received from the Committee on Accreditation.
  • Don't quote any communications between the Committee on Accreditation and the academic program/institution - all communications are confidential.
  • Names of reviewers, team chairs, and observers who visited campus should never be made public.

Linking to Information on Our Website
Academic programs with accredited degree program options are welcome to link to any page of our website.

Resources from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

CHEA provides general information about accreditation on its website and also offers information on both general and specific accreditation topics.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does my academic program initiate accreditation?
Application and candidacy procedures are detailed in the SAF Accreditation Handbook and the SAF Standards, Procedures, and Guidelines for Accrediting Educational Programs in Forest Technology

When will my newly accredited degree program be listed on the SAF website?
The list of accredited degree programs on the SAF website is updated each year - usually in January.

Is there more detailed information available?
We hope you will find all the information you need detailed in the SAF Accreditation Handbook and the SAF Standards, Procedures, and Guidelines for Accrediting Educational Programs in Forest Technology. If you do not find what you need, don't hesitate to contact us.