Accreditation is a process of institutional peer review performed by objective, not-for-profit external agencies. These agencies evaluate colleges, universities and educational programs for continuous quality. In other words, accreditation is a higher education seal of approval for schools, employers, and most importantly, for students. Students who earn a degree at a regionally accredited institution can be confident that the quality of education, and commitment of an institution to maintain and improve quality, meets the standards of the accrediting body.
What is the difference between regional and national accreditation?
Regional accrediting agencies only review schools within a specific geographic area—from traditional 4-year public brick and mortar universities and technical schools, to private colleges and premier online universities, such as Northcentral. This gives you the assurance that all regionally accredited institutions meet the same stringent requirements.
By earning your degree at NCU, you can be confident that the quality of education will meet the standards of WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
To ensure that current and prospective students have access to accurate information about relevant Northcentral University student achievement outcomes, Northcentral University discloses information about completion rates, retention rates, and dissertation quality on the university’s webpage. Learn more.
Northcentral's Accrediting Agencies
WASC Senior College and University Commission
NCU is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wascsenior.org. WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Regional accreditation by WSCUC provides assurance to the public, especially prospective students, that an institution has been found to meet WSCUC's clearly stated requirements and criteria and there are reasonable grounds for believing that it will continue to meet them.
Accreditation provides both PUBLIC CERTIFICATION of acceptable institutional quality and an opportunity and incentive for SELF-IMPROVEMENT in the accredited institution.
The process of accreditation provides the accredited institution with an opportunity for critical self-analysis leading to improvement in quality and for consultation and advice from persons from other institutions.
Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
A national advocate and institutional voice for promoting academic quality through accreditation, the Council on Higher Education (CHEA) is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities, and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. CHEA reviews organizations on recognition standards, including academic quality and accountability. Northcentral University’s WSCUC accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 510, Washington, DC 20036, 202.955.6126, www.chea.org.
Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP)
Founded in 2017, AAQEP is a membership association and quality assurance agency that provides accreditation services and formative support to all types of educator preparation providers. The organization promotes excellent, effective, and innovative educator preparation that is committed to evidence-based improvement in a collaborative professional environment. AAQEP is nationally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Visit aaqep.org for more information. The programs listed here have been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through December 31, 2028. Full accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to maintain quality.
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Northcentral is proud to accredit their business programs with ACBSP. As a leading accreditation association for business education, ACBSP "develops, promotes, and recognizes best practices that contribute to continuous improvement of business education." The Association emphasizes the importance of "learning how to learn," by balancing teaching and research activities to enhance the quality of classroom instruction and contribute to student learning. To learn more about the ACBSP, visit their website.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs at Northcentral University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)
The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) is the accrediting body for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Northcentral University’s Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, Tel. No. (703) 838-9808. For more information on COAMFTE accreditation, visit their website.
International Accreditation Commission for Systemic Therapy Education (IACSTE)
Northcentral University’s Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy Programs are also accredited by the International Accreditation Commission for Systemic Therapy Education (IACSTE). Created as a semi-autonomous body under the auspices of the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA), IACSTE focuses on the development and implementation of quality standards for programs around the world that provide systemic therapy education and training.
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation
Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer-review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.
Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California The John F. Kennedy School of Law at Northcentral University Juris Doctor program is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners for the State Bar of California. This accreditation ensures that the Juris Doctor program prepares graduates to sit for the California Bar Examination and work in their communities and practitioners. View the Annual Disclosure by California Accredited Law Schools.