Western Association of Schools and Colleges
California Southern University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510‐748‐9001. www.wascsenior.org
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States.
The Western region covers institutions in California and Hawaii, the territories of Guam, American Samoa, and areas of the Pacific and East Asia where American/International schools or colleges may apply to it for service.
Distance Education Accrediting Commission
California Southern University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The DEAC is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
The Distance Education Accrediting Commission 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. DEAC'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 DEAC in the area of evaluating distance or online learning.
The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
(Formerly the Distance Education and Training Council‒DETC)
1101 17th Street, NW, Suite 808, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-234-5100 / Fax: 202-332-1386
www.deac.org / firstname.lastname@example.org
Earn an accredited online degree
As an accredited online university, California Southern University offers accredited online degrees in psychology, business and law. All the 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.
Accreditation is not a one-time process. Periodically institutions are re-evaluated to encourage continuous improvement. What this means to you is that when you choose a regionally accredited university, such as California Southern University, you can be assured you are choosing a trustworthy institution of learning.
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Council for Higher Education Accreditation
The Accrediting Commission of the DEAC 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.