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Westcliff University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. All Westcliff University programs have been reviewed and approved by DEAC.

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) was founded in 1926. Since 1959 DEAC has been nationally recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reputable and reliable accrediting body. For more than 50 years, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission  (DEAC) has been reviewing and accrediting distance learning schools.  DEAC has also been recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or CHEA’s predecessor organizations since 1975. DEAC’s recognized scope of accrediting authority extends from Certificates to the first professional and professional Doctoral degree levels.

No other nationally recognized accrediting association can match the long experience of the DEAC in the area of evaluating hybrid or online learning. Additionally, DEAC satisfies precisely same recognition standards as regional accreditors.

DEAC, 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, D.C. 20036
Telephone: 202.234.5100,     website:    http://www.deac.org/


WASC Senior College and University Commission

Westcliff University has been recognized as a Candidate for Accreditation by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001. This status is a preliminary affiliation with the Commission awarded for a maximum period of five years. Candidacy is an indication that the institution is progressing toward Accreditation Candidacy, is not Accreditation and does not ensure eventual Accreditation.

Questions about Eligibility may be directed to the institution or to WASC at www.wascsenior.org or at 510-748-9001.

985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 748-9001


CHEA logoCouncil for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

Westcliff University is listed on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) listing of accredited universities. Additionally, Westcliff University is an actively, accredited institutional member of CHEA (www.chea.org). CHEA is a private nonprofit national organization that coordinates accreditation activity in the United States. CHEA — a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation — is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities. Institutional membership is limited to accredited colleges and universities.

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Recognition by CHEA affirms that standards and processes of accrediting organizations are consistent with quality, improvement, and accountability expectations that CHEA has established.

To learn more, please visit: Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 510 • Washington, DC 20036
(TEL) 202-955-6126 • (FAX) 202-955-6129 • chea@chea.org