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Distance Education and Training CouncilThe Distance Education and Training Council

California Southern University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) was founded in 1926. It has been nationally recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reputable and reliable accrediting body since 1959. It has also been recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or CHEA's predecessor organizations since 1975. DETC's recognized scope of accrediting authority extends from the Associates up through the first professional and professional Doctoral degree levels.

No other nationally recognized accrediting association can match the long experience of the DETC in the area of evaluating distance or online learning.


Earn an accredited online degree

As an accredited online university, California Southern University offers accredited online degrees in Psychology, Business and Law. All the accredited online degree programs offered by CalSouthern have gone through a careful evaluation process by an outside examining committee and by competent subject matter specialists to ensure the highest academic standards.


What accreditation means to you as a CalSouthern student

Accreditation is a process that gives public recognition to institutions that meet certain standards. It is a promise that an institution will provide the quality of education it claims to offer. Accreditation assures the student that the institution operates on a sound financial basis, has an approved program of study, qualified instructors, adequate facilities and equipment, and approved recruitment and admissions policies.


Click here to learn more about the accreditation process and what it means to earn an accredited online degree from an accredited online university.


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Executive Director of the Distance Education and Training Council, Mr. Michael Lambert, gives a quick tour of the DETC offices in Washington D.C. and shares some insight into the history of the Accrediting Commission

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Council for Higher Education AccreditationCouncil for Higher Education Accreditation

The Accrediting Commission of the DETC is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA is a private nonprofit national organization that coordinates accreditation activity in the United States. It carries forward a long tradition that recognition of accrediting organizations should be a key strategy to ensure quality, accountability, and improvement in higher education. Recognition by CHEA affirms that standards and processes of accrediting organizations are consistent with quality, improvement, and accountability expectations that CHEA has established.

Ask Before You Decide: Accreditation Matters - A New Brochure Available from CHEA
CHEA, in cooperation with national and programmatic accrediting organizations, has developed a new, consumer-friendly brochure to help students, prospective students, parents and the public to understand the value of accreditation and the importance of knowing accredited status before making any decisions on whether to attend an institution or program.

This 6-page brochure was developed by CHEA and accrediting organizations including:

  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • The American Physical Therapy Association.
  • The American Psychological Association.
  • The Distance Education and Training Council.
  • The Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

Council for Higher Education AccreditationClick here to download Ask Before You Decide: Accreditation Matters, which answers important questions including: What is accreditation? How does accreditation help me to make informed decisions? What questions do accreditors think I need to ask to make smart choices?

WASC Senior College and University CommissionEligibility from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

California Southern University has applied for Eligibility from the Senior College Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. WASC has reviewed the application and determined that California Southern University is eligible to proceed with its self-study and application for Candidacy for Accreditation.

A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with the Accrediting Commission, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation; it is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed within four years of its Eligibility determination to be reviewed for Candidacy status with the Accrediting Commission. The University participated in a site visit in 2013 and is scheduled for another visit in the Spring of 2015.

Questions about Eligibility may be directed to CalSouthern or to WASC (wascsenior.org) or at 510-748-9001.