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The hunt for the right college or university is a complicated one. In addition to obvious questions, such as tuition rates and which degree programs are offered, there’s one that many schools won’t be as straightforward about: accreditation.
Accreditation is awarded to an institute of higher learning by an independent, external group of peer reviewers who confirm that the college or university in question keeps the promises it makes to students.
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The difference between a "regionally accredited" and "nationally accredited" school is a very important one when choosing the institution you will attend. Regional accreditation is highly regarded around the world because it is a comprehensive, peer-reviewed process that ensures a consistent 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 regionally accredited online universities.
Regional accreditation standards require that up to one-third of a degree program’s curriculum includes general education courses in social, natural and physical sciences, English, math, humanities, and art. Colleges and universities that are regionally accredited usually only accept transfer credits or degrees from other regionally accredited institutions.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The HLC 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. The HLC is recognized by both the U.S. 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 the thorough evaluation and fulfillment of five specific criteria:
CSU Global offers business programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The following programs are ACBSP accredited: B.S. Accounting, B.S. Business Management, M.S. Management, Master of International Management, B.S. Marketing, B.S. Management Information Systems and Business Analytics, B.S. Human Resource Management, Master of Professional Accounting, Master in Finance, and Master in Human Resource Management. For further information about the ACBSP, visit their website.
CSU Global determined that the mission, focus on quality teaching and student preparedness, and the definitions of scholarship presented by ACBSP are well-aligned with CSU Global’s mission, vision, values, and academic approach. ACBSP accreditation a mark of teaching excellence and academic quality for CSU Global. For further information about the ACBSP, visit their website.
Programmatic Data for ACBSP-Accredited Programs
Academic Years 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17
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CSU Global’s Bachelor of Science in Project Management and Master of Project Management degrees were accredited by Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). For further information about the Project Management Institute, visit their website.
GAC accreditation ensures the quality of academic degree programs and their graduates in order to meet the standards of the rapidly growing field of project management.
CSU Global’s project management curriculum is reviewed and revised every 18 to 24 months to ensure that it meets the needs of today’s learners and remains fully aligned with PMI’s leading project management standards including the PMBOK® Guide.
Effective May 16, 2016 the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission continued the accreditation of Colorado State University Global with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2025-26. This action was the result of an extensive 18-month self-study, review, and site visit completed within the 2015-2016 academic year. You can view the formal notification letter here. After the visit, the HLC updated its policies and CSU Global will undergo a comprehensive evaluation in 2020 as part of the new 10 year cycle for all institutions.