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What is Accreditation?

The United States Department of Education states the goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.  To do this, accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met. Institutions and/or programs that request an agency's evaluation and that meet an agency's criteria are then "accredited" by that agency.

In order to insure a basic level of quality, the practice of accreditation arose in the United States as a means of conducting nongovernmental, peer evaluation of educational institutions and programs. Private educational associations of regional or national scope have adopted criteria reflecting the qualities of a sound educational program and have developed procedures for evaluating institutions or programs to determine whether or not they are operating at basic levels of quality.

Some of the functions of accreditation include:

  • Verifying that an institution or program meets established standards;
  • Assisting prospective students in identifying acceptable institutions;
  • Assisting institutions in determining the acceptability of transfer credits;
  • Helping to identify institutions and programs for the investment of public and private funds;
  • Protecting an institution against harmful internal and external pressure;
  • Creating goals for self-improvement of weaker programs and stimulating a general raising of standards among educational institutions;
  • Involving the faculty and staff comprehensively in institutional evaluation and planning;
  • Establishing criteria for professional certification and licensure and for upgrading courses offering such preparation; and
  • Providing one of several considerations used as a basis for determining eligibility for Federal assistance.

The accrediting procedure itself involves the following:

  • Standards: The accrediting agency, in collaboration with educational institutions, establishes standards.
  • Self-study: The institution or program seeking accreditation prepares an in-depth self-evaluation study that measures its performance against the standards established by the accrediting agency.
  • On-site Evaluation: A team selected by the accrediting agency visits the institution or program to determine first-hand if the applicant meets the established standards.
  • Publication: Upon being satisfied that the applicant meets its standards, the accrediting agency grants accreditation or preaccreditation status and lists the institution or program in an official publication with other similarly accredited or preaccredited institutions or programs.
  • Monitoring: The accrediting agency monitors each accredited institution or program throughout the period of accreditation granted to verify that it continues to meet the agency's standards.
  • Reevaluation: The accrediting agency periodically reevaluates each institution or program that it lists to ascertain whether continuation of its accredited or preaccredited status is warranted.

Source:  U.S. Department of Education 


Accreditation of California Coast University

Distance Ecucation Accrediting Commission logoCalifornia Coast University is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is an educational association located in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1926, and has become the agency that sets the standard for all distance education institutions.

DEAC is listed by the United States Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. The Secretary of Education is required by law to publish a list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies that the Secretary determines to be reliable authorities as to the quality of education provided by the institutions of higher education.  An agency seeking recognition by the Secretary must meet the Secretary's procedures and criteria for the recognition of accrediting agencies.

“Education is everything and the more people we can reach with quality education the more we can improve and advance the lives of others.” - Dr. Leah Matthews, DEAC Executive Director

Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

(Formerly the Distance Education and Training Council - DETC)
1101 17th Street, NW, Suite 808
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: 202-234-5100
Fax: 202-332-1386
[email protected]


BPPE LogoBureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) of the State of California

California Coast University holds Institutional Approval by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) of the State of California. Approval to operate means compliance with state standards as set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009 and Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Ste. 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
Toll free phone number: 888-370-7589
Fax (916) 263-1897


Council for Higher Education Accreditation logoThe DEAC is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA is a private nonprofit national organization that coordinates accreditation activity in the United States. It carries forward a long tradition that recognition of accrediting organizations should be a key strategy to ensure quality, accountability, and improvement in higher education. Recognition by CHEA affirms that standards and processes of accrediting organizations are consistent with quality, improvement, and accountability expectations that CHEA has established.

Other Professional and Academic Affiliations and Listings

  • Alliance of Private Postsecondary Approved Institutions
  • American Association for School Personnel Administrators
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions (AACRAO)
  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • California Post Secondary Education Commission (CPEC)
  • Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
  • Higher Education Directory (HED)
  • Higher Education Transfer Alliance (HETA)
  • National College Credit Recommendation Service (CCRS)
  • Patterson's Guide to American Education
  • United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • United States Department of Education (USDoE)
  • VA List of Approved Schools
  • Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA)

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