Open Educational Resources need to establish and maintain a recognized position in education in order to make an impact on a global level and close the educational and economic gaps amongst world populations.   Perhaps OER programs need to have the option for accreditation in order to be a valid form of education.

In this video from the 2011 Open Educational Resources Grantees Meeting, Ralph Wolff, president and executive director of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, discusses current problems with accreditation for higher education organizations and how education suffers by not allowing Open Educational Resources accreditation.