February 14, 2011 | Adam Sorensen | Leave a comment Many adults are heading back to school in an effort to stay competitive in the job market. As a result, some colleges are seeking to update their accreditation status to entice more students to choose their school. For instance, San Diego Continuing Education, which is a part of the San Diego Community College District’s adult education branch, just received a new six-year extension, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Officials told the news source that school received its accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which states that the institution’s program stands up to the standards set forth by the approval board. “Maintaining accreditation is extremely important because it validates the high level of instruction and service students can expect to receive when they come to our institution,” Anthony E. Beebe, president of San Diego Continuing Education, told the news provider.” The school serves more than 100,000 students in the San Diego area and offers non-credit classes on campus and online. According to the Babson Survey Research Group and the Sloan Consortium, nearly 5 million students in the U.S. were enrolled in online courses during the 2008 academic year.