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Make sure your educational investment has value by choosing a regionally accredited university.   

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 auditors who confirm that the college or university in question keeps the promises it makes to students.

Do the degrees offered prepare you for relevant careers in that field? Does the school provide financial and other assistance to students who might be confused by the process? Are the instructors adequately qualified to teach their subjects? These are just a few of the many questions that auditors answer during thorough, months-long investigations of the colleges in question. Every aspect of an institution’s process is examined thoroughly and comprehensively, with compiled data, documentation, and first-hand observation all being taken into consideration when determining whether or not to award accreditation.

What’s more, accreditation must be reaffirmed at regular intervals. This ensures that colleges and universities continue to keep their promises to students, which is as important to employers as it should be to you as a prospective student.

What is the Difference Between Regional and National Accreditation?

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:

  • Mission
  • Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct
  • Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support
  • Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
  • Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness

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

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Logo

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

1st to 3rd Term Retention Rates for Start Cohorts

Data below reflect the percent of new students returning for their third eight-week term at CSU-Global

Beginning
FY14-15
Beginning
FY15-16
Beginning
FY16-17

Program
Start
Counts
Retention
Rate
Start
Counts
Retention
Rate
Start
Counts
Retention
Rate
B.S. Accounting 710 81% 621 82% 620 82%
B.S. Business Management 891 78% 961 80% 863 80%
Master of International Management 33 91% 35 89% 45 76%
M.S. Management 169 80% 140 83% 132 86%

The retention rates in this table reflect the percentage of new students who started in a given term and who have attempted to earn credit in any of the four terms (two gold tracks and two burgundy) since then. E.g. If the report is being run for students enrolled in Spring A, they must attempt credits in Spring B, Spring C, Spring D, or Fall A, to be counted as retained. Data are only used for degree-seeking students who attempted credit in their first term.

3-Year Completion Rate or Currently Enrolled Rates for Fall-Start Cohorts

Data below reflect the percent of students who have been graduated or who are still enrolled at CSU-Global during their third year, based upon a fall start.

Beginning
Fall 2012
Beginning
Fall 2013
Beginning
Fall 2014

Program
Start
Count

Rate
Start
Count

Rate
Start
Count

Rate
B.S. Accounting 104 62% 271 62% 342 54%
B.S. Business Management 424 57% 508 63% 477 53%
Master of International Management Data NA Data NA 14 71% 14 71%
M.S. Management 102 52% 119 56% 86 64%

Students graduating in their first fiscal year are included in the graduation rate reflected in year two. The graduation rates reflected in this table are cumulative and based on their entire fiscal years. Students are considered to be retained if they’ve attempted credit at any time in the fiscal years subsequent to their fall-start dates. If a student was retained, but not graduated, they are counted as retained. If a student was both retained and graduated, then that student is only counted once. A Fall-start date is determined by date-started and aligns to SURDS/IPEDS. As such, for Fall 2008 through Fall 2014, this reflects start terms of July through December (six terms), while Fall 2015 and later reflects start terms of July - October and is the Fall Trimester.

Data NA indicates that less than 10 students began in a given Fall cohort.

CSU-Global Annual Alumni Survey Results

Data below reflect the percent of survey respondents employed approximately 12 months after degree completion

FY13-14
Completers
FY14-15
Completers
Winter 2016
Survey

Program

Responses
%
Employed

Responses
%
Employed

Responses
%
Employed
B.S. Accounting Data NA Data NA 36 89% 43 88%
B.S. Business Management 88 88% 88 95% 84 89%
Master of International Management Data NA Data NA Data NA Data NA Data NA Data NA
M.S. Management 34 91% 23 96% 18 100%

Data reflect the percent of survey respondents employed approximately 12 months after degree completion, as self-reported on the annual alumni survey, taken each January.

Data NA indicates that less than 10 responses were received in a given program and after the administration of the annual Alumni Survey.

CSU-Global Annual Alumni Survey Results

Data below reflect the percent of survey respondents reporting that overall, they were 'Very Satisfied' or 'Satisfied,’ with their CSU-Global education

FY13-14
Completers
FY14-15
Completers
FY15-16
Completers

Program

Responses
%
Satisfied

Responses
%
Satisfied

Responses
%
Satisfied
B.S. Accounting Data NA Data NA 36 97% 43 93%
B.S. Business Management 86 97% 90 99% 83 96%
Master of International Management Data NA Data NA Data NA Data NA Data NA Data NA
M.S. Management 32 97% 24 96% 18 94%

Data reflect the percent of survey respondents that are satisfied, overall, with their CSU-Global education, as reported on the annual alumni survey, taken each January.

Data NA indicates that less than 10 responses were received in a given program and after the administration of the annual Alumni Survey.

Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)


The GAC and PMI logos are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc. For the full list of PMI’s legal marks, please contact the PMI Legal department.

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.

Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Effective May 16, 2016 the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission continued the accreditation of Colorado State University-Global Campus 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.

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