Accreditation is a voluntary process that universities elect to undergo in order to maintain additional external levels of accountability and support.
Though accreditation is not mandatory, CVCU believes that having the delegated governance of a national accrediting body not only helps an academic institution maintain its intended academic integrity but that it also provides a national benchmarking standard that ensures students are receiving a level of educational excellence and career preparation that is comparable to that of other nationally recognized institutions.
Furthermore, accreditation creates a smoother pipeline for students transferring to other educational institutions, whether at the undergraduate or graduate level, and it ensures vocational viability for students whose jobs require a degree from an accredited institution.
CVCU’s Emergency Medical Technician Program is regionally accredited by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and is an authorized training site for the American Heart Association. CVCU's Paramedics Program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health.
Additionally, CVCU has begun the process of institutional accreditation with a national accrediting agency that is regulated by both the Department of Education and the American Council of Education, two national institutions that oversee accrediting agencies in the United States. New academic institutions must undergo a period of institutional candidacy before achieving full accreditation status, which can take up to three years. During that time, the agency provides virtual support and conducts leadership and curricular assessments to determine the institution's viability. Because the process of full accreditation takes such a lengthy period of time for new institutions, CVCU has partnered with an international program that will provide an extra measure of insurance for student coursework: Our core general education courses (and some core courses) will be fully ACE accredited through our partner institution; thus, if a student needs to transfer from CVCU to another institution, all GE coursework will be transferable to any of the 1700 colleges and universities that accept coursework from the American Council on Education.
CVCU is committed to providing the highest level of academic rigor and career readiness and will continue to post updates on the candidacy status as they become available.