Statement of Accreditation Status
Ashford University

8620 Spectrum Center Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92123-1406
United States
Telephone: 
OPEID

The OPEID number is used by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to identify schools that have Program Participation Agreements (PPA) for purposes of eligibility to participate in Federal Student Financial Assistance programs under Title IV.

001881
Current Accreditation Status

Accredited with Notice of Concern indicates that the institution, while it currently meets WASC Standards, is in danger of being found out of compliance with one or more Standards if current trends continue. It may also be issued if an institution is removed from sanction and the Commission wishes to emphasize the need for continuing progress. Formal Notice of Concern requires a special visit within four years to assess progress. If the Commission's concerns are not addressed by that time, a sanction is imposed.

Accredited with Notice of Concern
Most Recent Commission Action: 
Friday, June 28, 2019
First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

2013
Undergraduate FTE: 
31,545
Graduate FTE: 
4,907
Financial Structure Type

Institutions within the WSCUC region are classified as Non-profit, For-profit or State-supported.

For-Profit
Sponsorship

Choices include: No related entity, Proprietary with Parent Board, Religious Control, Multi-institutional system, Other. For more information please see the Related Entities Policy.

Proprietary with parent/board
Academic Calendar

The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.

Continuous
Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
 
Role Name Title E-mail
Chief Executive Officer Craig Swenson President and CEO craig.swenson [at] ashford.edu
Chief Financial Officer James Smith Senior Vice President of Finance jim.smith [at] ashford.edu
Board of Directors Chair Greg Geoffroy Chair of the Board of Trustees geoffroy [at] iastate.edu
Director Institutional Research Steve Nettles AVP, Institutional Effectiveness stephen.nettles [at] ashford.edu
Accreditation Liaison Officer Laura Noone Provost/Chief Academic Officer laura.palmernoone [at] ashford.edu
Chief Academic Officer Laura Noone Provost/Chief Academic Officer laura.palmernoone [at] ashford.edu
Degree Degree Levelsort descending Year Implemented Modality
Military Studies (AA) Associate 2010 Distance Education
Early Childhood Education (AA) Associate 2010 Distance Education
Business (AA) Associate 2006 Distance Education
Human Resources Management (BA) Bachelors 2009 Distance Education
Instructional Design (BA) Bachelors 2010 Distance Education
Business Economics (BA) Bachelors 2009 Distance Education
Marketing (BA) Bachelors 2018 Distance Education
International Business (BA) Bachelors 2009 Distance Education
Business Information Systems (BA) Bachelors 2009 Distance Education
Early Childhood Development with Differentiated Instruction (BA) Bachelors 2018 Distance Education
Journalism and Mass Communication (BA) Bachelors 2009 Distance Education
Business Leadership (BA) Bachelors 2010 Distance Education
Human Services Leadership (BS) Bachelors 2018 Distance Education
Law Enforcement Administration (BA) Bachelors 2010 Distance Education
Child Development (BA) Bachelors 2010 Distance Education
Information Technology (BS) Bachelors 2018 Distance Education
Liberal Arts (BA) Bachelors 2008 Distance Education
Cognitive Studies (BA) Bachelors 2011 Distance Education
Library Science and Media (BA) Bachelors 2011 Distance Education
Communication Studies (BA) Bachelors 2008 Distance Education
Nursing (BS) Bachelors 2016 Distance Education
Complementary and Alternative Health (BA) Bachelors 2011 Distance Education
Military Studies (BA) Bachelors 2010 Distance Education
Computer Graphic Design (BA) Bachelors 2002 On-Site
Operations Management and Analysis (BA) Bachelors 2009 Distance Education
Consumer and Family Financial Services (BA) Bachelors 2011 Distance Education
Cultural Anthropology (BA) Bachelors 2010 Distance Education
Computer Software Technology (BS) Bachelors 2018 Distance Education
Organizational Management (BA) Bachelors 2005 Distance Education
Early Childhood Education (BA) Bachelors 2008 Distance Education
Political Science and Government (BA) Bachelors 2009 Distance Education
Project Management (BA) Bachelors 2010 Distance Education
Early Childhood Education Administration (BA) Bachelors 2008 Distance Education
Psychology (BA) Bachelors 2005 Distance Education
Education Studies (BA) Bachelors 2010 Distance Education
Public Administration (BA) Bachelors 2009 Distance Education
eMarketing (BA) Bachelors 2011 Distance Education
Public Relations and Marketing (BA) Bachelors 2008 Distance Education
English (BA) Bachelors 2010 Distance Education
Real Estate Studies (BA) Bachelors 2011 Distance Education
English Language Learner Studies (BA) Bachelors 2009 Distance Education
Service Management (BA) Bachelors 2010 Distance Education
Entrepreneurship (BA) Bachelors 2009 Distance Education
Social and Criminal Justice (BA) Bachelors 2007 Distance Education
Environmental Studies (BA) Bachelors 2009 Distance Education
Social Science (BA) Bachelors 2007 Distance Education
Finance (BA) Bachelors 2010 Distance Education
Sociology (BA) Bachelors 2008 Distance Education
Gerontology (BA) Bachelors 2010 Distance Education
Sports and Recreation Management (BA) Bachelors 2008 Distance Education
Health and Human Services (BA) Bachelors 2009 Distance Education
Supply Chain Management (BA) Bachelors 2010 Distance Education
Health and Wellness (BA) Bachelors 2011 Distance Education
Sustainable Enterprise Management (BA) Bachelors 2011 Distance Education
Health Care Administration (BA) Bachelors 2007 Distance Education
Cyber and Data Security Technology (BS) Bachelors 2019 Distance Education
Web and Mobile App Technology (BS) Bachelors 2019 Distance Education
Accounting (BA) Bachelors 2008 Distance Education
Health Information Management (BS) Bachelors 2014 Distance Education
Health Care Studies (BA) Bachelors 2009 Distance Education
Applied Behavioral Science (BA) Bachelors 2010 Distance Education
Health Education (BA) Bachelors 2011 Distance Education
Applied Linguistics (BA) Bachelors 2011 Distance Education
Health Informatics (BA) Bachelors 2011 Distance Education
History (BA) Bachelors 2009 Distance Education
Business Administration (BA) Bachelors 2007 Distance Education
Homeland Security and Emergency Management (BA) Bachelors 2009 Distance Education
Business Administration Masters 2005 Distance Education
Early Childhood Education Leadership (MA) Masters 2017 Distance Education
Instructional Design and Technology (MS) Masters 2018 Distance Education
Special Education (MA) Masters 2016 Distance Education
Technology Management (MS) Masters 2019 Distance Education
Health Informatics and Analytics (MSHIA) Masters 2019 Distance Education
Organizational Management (MA) Masters 2007 Distance Education
Instructional Design and Technology (MS) Masters 2018 Distance Education
Curriculum and Instruction (MA) Masters 2018 Distance Education
Finance (MS) Masters 2018 Distance Education
Counseling (MA) Masters 2018 Distance Education
Education (MA) Masters 2009 Distance Education
Education (MA) Masters 2018 Distance Education
Public Administration (MPA) Masters 2009 Distance Education
Human Development (MA) Masters 2018 Distance Education
Human Services (MA) Masters 2018 Distance Education
Leadership (MA) Masters 2018 Distance Education
Organizational Development and Leadership (MA) Masters 2018 Distance Education
Psychology (MA) Masters 2018 Distance Education
Public Sociology (MA) Masters 2018 Distance Education
Human Resource Management Masters 2018 Distance Education
Public Health Masters 2018 Distance Education
Teaching and Learning with Technology (MA) Masters 2005 Distance Education
Health Care Administration (MA) Masters 2009 Distance Education
Accountancy Masters 2015 Distance Education
Psychology (MA) Masters 2015 Distance Education
Criminal Justice (MS) Masters 2015 Distance Education
Information Systems Management Masters 2016 Distance Education
Secondary Credential Non-degree 2018 Distance Education
Elementary Credential Non-degree 2018 Distance Education
Psychology (PsyD) Professional Doctorate 2018 Distance Education
Education (PhD) Research Doctorate 2018 Distance Education
Human Services (PhD) Research Doctorate 2018 Distance Education
Organizational Development and Leadership (PhD) Research Doctorate 2018 Distance Education
Season Year Review Type
Fall 2020 Interim Report

Interim Reports focus on specific issues of concern identified as part of the comprehensive review process, annual report submission, the complaint process, substantive change, or other interactions with the Commission. The purpose of Interim Reports is to ensure that institutions continue to meet the Core Commitments and Standards with respect to the identified areas of concern.

Fall 2021 Special Visit
Spring 2022 Mid-Cycle Review

The Mid-Cycle Review (MCR) is a review of each institution near the midpoint of its period of accreditation, focusing particularly on student achievement. The Review is performed by WSCUC staff, and draws on evidence from an update of the institution’s Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators and retention and graduation data, as well as any trends emerging from Annual Reports to surface any potential issues across the Standards. The overall purpose of the Mid-Cycle Review is to "identify problems with an institution's or program's continued compliance with agency standards" while "tak[ing] into account institutional or program strengths and stability" (U.S. Department of Education, §602.19(b)).

Fall 2024 Offsite Review
Spring 2025 Accreditation Visit

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