Higher Learning Commission Extends Northcentral University's Accreditation Through 2013

Commission also issues accreditation for two new degree programs: Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Prescott Valley, Arizona, September 16, 2009 — Northcentral University (www.ncu.edu), an innovator in 100% online higher education, today announced that the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org) has extended its accreditation for a five-year period that runs through 2013. At the same time, according to Dr. Clinton Gardner, President of the University, the Commission issued accreditation for two new Northcentral University degree programs: Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy.

"I thank our entire team of teaching, mentoring, and administrative professionals for their unwavering commitment to excellence each day in every one of our degree programs," Dr. Gardner said today. "Together, we are building a model university that is meeting the needs of a growing number of Internet-based working professionals committed to earning higher education degrees in a broad range of academic subject areas."

The notification of an extended accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission comes at a time when Northcentral University is experiencing unprecedented growth in enrollment and recognition by outside third-party organizations. In August, G.I. Jobs magazine named Northcentral a "2010 Military Friendly School," placing it in the top 15% of all colleges, universities, and trade schools nationwide. Also in August, Northcentral University received certification to participate in Title IV financial aid programs. In July, the University received a "2009 Best Buy" award from GetEducated.com for its Bachelor in Business Administration degree programs. Also in July, the Federal Bureau of Investigation named Northcentral University a partner in its University Education Program. In June, Northcentral University awarded degrees to the largest graduating class in the school’s 13-year history. In May 2009, the University’s Computer Information Security Program was certified at the highest level by the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Security Systems (CNSS).