Ashford University Accreditation

WASC LogoAshford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wscuc.org.

WSCUC is a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Regional accreditation provides the widest possible acceptance by other colleges and universities when evaluating transfer credits and graduate school applications, and by employers when evaluating the credential of candidates for employment.

The accreditation process is designed to build a culture of evidence, promote a commitment to institutional improvement, validate institutional integrity, and provide feedback that improves the accreditation process itself.

Accreditation is a key indicator of educational quality and ensures that you are going to receive a quality education.

To learn more, contact:
WASC Senior College and University Commission

Report of the WASC Special Visit Team - April 2015
WASC Commission Action Letter - July 2015


Programmatic Accreditations

iacbe accredited logoAshford University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business degree programs listed in the link below are accredited by the IACBE:


Additionally, the Forbes School of Business & Technology™ at Ashford University has received specialized accreditation for its accounting programs through the IACBE. The accounting programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

  • Master of Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting

Outcomes Assessment Plan Report for IACBE Accreditation 2015-2016 Academic Year

Outcomes Assessment Plan 2015-2016 Results

Outcomes Assessment Plan Report for IACBE Specialized Accounting Accreditation 2015-2016 Academic Year

Outcomes Assessment Plan Specialized Accounting Accreditation 2015-2016 Results

IACBE Public Disclosure of Student Achievement (October 30, 2018)

cahiim logoThe Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Program accreditation by CAHIIM is necessary in order to be eligible for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA®) certification exam.

CAHIIM-accredited programs are quality programs that provide professionally required knowledge and skills, and employment marketability. Graduating from a CAHIIM-accredited program offers employers assurance that you have the expected professional knowledge and skills, and have experienced a curriculum that is relevant to today's electronic health record (EHR) environment.


ccne sealThe baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Ashford University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and nurse residency programs.


chea logoThe Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is committed to improving the academic quality for it 3,000 member institutions and 60 accrediting agencies. As an advocate for self-regulation, CHEA identifies issues and trends affecting accreditation in higher education and provides forums for in-depth discussion and debate on these topics. Additionally, CHEA leads initiatives to support continuing improvement in accreditation efforts. Ashford University is proud to be a member of this organization.