Students rarely acknowledge the importance of accreditation when considering what college is best for them. However, a university's accreditation status is something that can make or break the value of a student's degree. Accreditation exists as a way for schools, employers and individuals to evaluate the worth a college's academic curriculum and, therefore, also defines the worth a student's degree. In such a competitive job market, students cannot afford to waste their time or money on an unaccredited education. Understanding the accreditation process helps students to know that they are receiving the quality education they were promised and ensures their employability after graduation.