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 has begun the process of institutional accreditation with a national accrediting agency 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 take a minimum of three years. During that time, the accrediting agency provides virtual support and conducts leadership and curricular assessments to determine the institution's viability for candidacy. Accreditation is retroactive; thus, degrees started at the start of the three-year span will also be considered accredited degrees once full accreditation status is achieved.
Because the process of full institutional accreditation takes such a lengthy period of time, CVCU has partnered with an international program to provide an extra measure of support for students who desire to have accredited coursework in the interim. Students will have the option of testing for ACE accrediting in their core general education courses (and some of their core/major courses). These GE transcripts are transferable to any of the 1700 US 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 candidacy status as they become available. All stakeholders are invited to the annual fiscal-year-end meeting to hear the progress on our accreditation milestones and related organizational assessments.