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Since courts have seldom become involved in the process of educational accreditation that operates in the United States, the private regional and professional accrediting agencies that evaluate our educational institutions have generally functioned without judicial (or for that matter, legislative) interference. This freedom from any form of governmental control has been of singular importance in shaping the development of a private accreditation system unique to this country. Any court case challenging some aspect of this system could, therefore, be of enormous significance to education and the future of accreditation in the United States. Such a case is Parsons College v. North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, decided on July 26, 1967, by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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