Is University of Arizona Global Campus Accredited?
The University of Arizona Global Campus (formerly Ashford University) is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 1001 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 402, 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 assures students, the educational community, and the public that Global Campus has been evaluated against a set of widely accepted higher education standards and meets acceptable levels of quality.
More information about the university’s accreditation is available at:
WASC Senior College and University Commission
The University of Arizona Global Campus 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 and Technology™ at the University of Arizona Global Campus 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 UAGC is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (about CCNE accreditation). 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. The University of Arizona Global Campus 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 the University of Arizona Global Campus 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 institutional 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 Accreditation Council for Business Education
Students may file a complaint with the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) via email ([email protected]) or by regular mail to International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), 11257 Strang Line Road, Lenexa, KS 66215, USA.
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
Accredited programs are subject to complaints from students and other public stakeholders. The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) will initiate the required process for investigating these concerns if they target non-compliance issues related to the Standards. Complaints must not be anonymous and must show evidence that steps to reach a resolution at the sponsoring institution have been exhausted. Students should review the steps for initiating the CAHIIM Complaint Process and contact CAHIIM staff ([email protected]) to discuss filing a complaint before submission.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Complaint Process Inquiries about baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs and nurse residency programs can be forwarded to Benjamin Murray, Deputy Executive Director at (202) 887-6791 ext. 275 or [email protected]. Members of the CCNE staff are available to assist you in a timely and professional manner.