CSU-Global is a Regionally Accredited University

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

What is Regional Accreditation?

Knowing the difference between a "regionally accredited" and "nationally accredited" school is very important to students when deciding on what institution they should attend. Depending on your current and future goals, being an accredited university can affect your opportunities. Regional accreditation is highly regarded around the world because it is a comprehensive peer-reviewed process that ensures a standard of quality for higher education institutions. It is rooted in the history of traditional brick-and-mortar colleges and universities, and CSU-Global is proud to be one of the few fully accredited online universities.

Regional accreditation education standards require that up to one-third of a degree programs' curriculum includes general education courses in English, math, humanities, art, and social, natural and physical sciences. Colleges and universities that are regionally accredited usually only accept transfer credits or degrees from other regionally accredited institutions.

The Higher Learning Commission is part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. Through its Commissions it accredits, and thereby grants membership to educational institutions in the North Central region: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming. HLC is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

The HLC has designed the accreditation process to achieve its mission: Serving the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher education.

HLC accreditation is based on a thorough evaluation and fulfillment of specific criteria. The five criteria are: Mission; Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct; Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support; Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement; and Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness. Click here to learn more about the criteria for accreditation and their core components.

Our accredited online degree programs include undergraduate degrees, master's degrees, and certificates of completion programs with the academic standards of a state university

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Colorado State University-Global Campus is a “Candidate for Accreditation” by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). As the process of accreditation is thorough, CSU-Global cannot provide a date as to when Accredited status may be granted. Any degree conferred in an approved degree program after that date of accreditation will be considered accredited through ACBSP.