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Graduation requirements for students in colleges and universities are established as part of the interrelationship between accrediting organizations, the federal and state governments, the courts, and institutional boards of trustees. This entry reviews the role of these groups in defining graduation requirements and then examines the legal framework for dismissing students who fail to meet these standards.

Defining Graduation Requirements

Accrediting organizations are national governing organizations that provide accreditation to colleges and universities. Institutions of higher education seek admission into and approval of accrediting organizations that often have universal graduation requirements for their students. Member colleges and universities of accrediting organizations routinely complete the process of seeking accreditation and, in doing so, must meet the accrediting bodies' delineated requirements.

States also have help in defining graduation requirements and ...

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