Accreditation through peer review is the principal method of quality assurance in colleges and universities throughout the United States. The seven regional commissions responsible for accrediting more than 3500 higher education institutions maintain public trust by applying standards within the context of the diversity of institutional missions and by expecting all member institutions to
meet those standards. Good practices may be formulated by outside agencies and organizations and endorsed by the Executive Council or the Commission. The following good practices are in place by the Southern Association of Colleges and are required for online programs.