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leading to the Associate Degree requires a high school diploma or the equivalent and at times, proven proficiency in certain academic areas. How Is Excellence in Education Ensured? According to the U.S. Network for Education Information: Accreditation is the process used in U.S. education to ensure that schools, postsecondary institutions, and other education providers meet, and maintain, minimum standards of quality and integrity regarding academics, administration, and related services. It is a voluntary process based on the principle of academic self-governance. Both institutions and programs (faculties) within institutions participate in accreditation. There are six regional accrediting associations in the United States that continually monitor and assess the quality of instruction at both two- and four-year institutions. The same standards that apply to four-year colleges and universities also apply to the assessment of community colleges. For more detailed information about the accreditation process in the U.S., please consult the U.S. Network for Education Information website at: ed.gov/NLE/USNEI. All community colleges that participate in the YFU Program are regionally accredited. How Are Community Colleges Funded? Most community colleges are publicly funded, which means that financial support comes from state and local taxes paid by the citizens of that community. Another large portion of the funding comes from student tuition and fees. For privately funded community colleges, financial support comes primarily from student tuition, contributions from private citizens and foundations, income from the colleges’ own accumulated endowments and, for church affiliated colleges, from their religious organizations. After the Community College Experience... Internationally renowned politicians, artists, scientists, and others began their education at a community college. They were given opportunities to