Ashford University Accreditation
Ashford 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 an institutional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Institutional 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 students are going to receive a quality education.
To learn more, contact:
WASC Senior College and University Commission
Ashford 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
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Information on Registering a Complaint with an Accrediting Body
The University takes active steps to provide a positive learning environment and resources to assist students in meeting their educational goals. Though it always is the University's desire to see students have a dispute-free experience, the University understands that sometimes challenges will arise. While students are able to file a complaint at an external agency, the University provides several options for internally resolving a dispute. The University offers these internal dispute resolution options through the Student Dispute Resolution Center (Center). The Center provides Ashford University students, prospective applicants, alumni, former students, and others with concerns about something relating to the student experience with an opportunity to swiftly and fairly resolve any confusion, frustration, or issue. Individuals with an escalated dispute will meet with one of the Center's trained dispute resolution professionals, who will review the situation and guide the individual to the process that is most appropriate for the nature of the concern. Individuals will have the ability to resolve their concerns through informal mediation or facilitation or through the formal grievance process. (For more information about the Center, please visit the website.)
Located within the Center, the Office of Student Facilitation and Mediation provides informal, confidential, and voluntary dispute resolution avenues. Impartial facilitators help students negotiate a confidential, informal agreement with the University. This process operates primarily through informal, interest-based mediation and is designed to allow for creativity and flexibility through joint problem-solving.
Another aspect of the Center involves the formal grievance process for students. The Office of Student Grievance Resolution addresses formal student complaints, also known as grievances. During the formal grievance process, an impartial administrator will thoroughly investigate the facts relating to the student concern and ensure that the student receives a written response to the concerns from the University.
Any student may contact a specific accrediting body directly to register a complaint in accordance with individual accreditor guidelines.
(WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
Students may file a complaint by contacting the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), the University’s regional accreditor. Any student desiring to file a complaint must satisfy specific criteria as published in the official Complaint and Third Party Comment Policy and must submit the required Complaint Form. The policy and form are available for download at https://www.wscuc.org/search/site/complaint.
International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
Students may file a complaint with the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) via email ([email protected]) or by regular mail to International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), 11257 Strang Line Road, Lenexa, KS 66215, USA.