The U.S. Department of Education formally recognizes accrediting commissions that meet all federal standards. Further, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) extends recognition to accrediting bodies and their institutions that meet established quality standards. Generally, accrediting bodies fall into three major categories: regional, national, and specialized/professional.
Accreditation within higher education is a voluntary, nongovernmental process that gives public recognition to institutions that meet certain published standards of academic and administrative quality. The purpose of accreditation is to assure the public as to the quality of an institution and its commitment to high standards through a system of continuous improvement.
APUS cannot guarantee that its credit will be accepted as transfer credit into another university. Accreditation does not provide automatic acceptance by an institution of credit earned at another institution, as acceptance of credit is always the prerogative of the receiving institution.
American Public University System is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (www.ncahlc.org, 312-263-0456). The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting institutions located in a 19-state region, including West Virginia. The Higher Learning Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and CHEA. View the APUS 2011 HLC Reaccreditation letter.
As an accredited institution, APUS is eligible to participate in federal educational entitlement programs such as military tuition assistance, government tuition reimbursement programs, the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill, and many corporate education assistance programs.
Credits and degrees earned through APUS may be recognized for promotion, assignment, and position qualification standards within the military and federal government. For students transferring to other colleges, APUS credit is considered transfer eligible based on our accreditation, but it is up to each receiving school whether or not they will accept individual transfer credit for courses completed at APUS. APUS cannot guarantee that another school will accept our credit, as all transfer credit decisions are made by the receiving school. In addition, APUS has been granted approval by the Department of Education to participate in Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs.
Further information on recognition policies and standards may be found on the following web sites:
- Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20036
- The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
In addition to institutional accreditation, APUS has obtained programmatic accreditation through appropriate governing organizations for specific academic programs. These specialized accreditations require a significant amount of self-study and presentation of evidence to satisfy the demanding requirements of each accrediting organization, and collectively demonstrate that APUS is focused on academic excellence and providing the best possible educational experience for its students. As a result, APUS has enhanced the curriculum for certain programs by implementing standards from an external accrediting organization for specific disciplines or fields of study.
Business School, Associate of Science in Accounting, Associate of Arts in Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, Master of Business Administration
The Management programs are not ACBSP accredited.
|Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)|
|BS in Nursing (RN to BSN)||Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)|
Notice about Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Accreditation
Accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is a voluntary, discipline-specific process. The CEPH process includes a comprehensive self-study of the entire Masters of Public Health program and a site visit, the purpose of which is to evaluate the program’s compliance with CEPH standards. APUS is not currently accredited by CEPH, and our prior application for CEPH accreditation lapsed on January 1, 2013. Based on feedback from CEPH on that application and a February 2013 meeting with CEPH staff, we intend to restart the application process in April 2013. Please note that the steps and timeline for the accreditation process are subject to modification, and there is no assurance that we (or for that matter any institution seeking accreditation) will achieve CEPH accreditation.
For additional information regarding CEPH accreditation, please go to http://ceph.org/constituents/students/faqs
Professional Recognition and Affiliation
|Emergency and Disaster Management||Foundation For Higher Education Accreditation (FFHEA)|
|Management||Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)|
|Sports and Health Sciences||American Sport Education Program (ASEP)|
|Child and Family Development||National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)|
|School of Education, M.Ed. Teaching, M.Ed. Administration and Supervision, M.Ed. School Counseling||WV state approved educator certification programs (WVDOE)|
For further information on accreditation, please contact the Office of Institutional Accreditation at Accreditation@apus.edu, Telephone: 304-724-3778, Fax 304-724-3779.