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:
The accrediting procedure itself involves the following:
Source: U.S. Department of Education
California Coast University holds accreditation through 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 nationally 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.
California Coast University holds Institutional Approval by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) of the State of California.
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
The Accrediting Commission of the DEAC is a recognized member of 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.
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