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California Southern University

600 Anton Blvd. Suite 1100

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

United States

Telephone: 800-477-2254


Staff Liaison:Each institution is assigned a staff liaison who is their primary point of contact for accreditation activities. Mark Goor

Student Achievement URL:WSCUC Standards require that institutions regularly generate, evaluate, and make public data about student achievement, including measures of retention, and graduation, and evidence of student learning.

Current Accreditation Status:Accredited with Notice of Concern - Reflects the Commission's finding that the institution, while it currently meets WSCUC Standards, is in danger of being found out of compliance with one or more Standards. Accredited with Notice of Concern

Most Recent Commission Action: June 25, 2021

First Accredited:Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC. 2015

Undergraduate FTE: 65

Graduate FTE: 1,124

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. No Related Entity

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. Semester

Distributes Financial Aid: No

Accreditation Liaison OfficerJames RiegerInterim Vice President & Chief Academic
Board of Directors ChairRay VillanuevaTrustee/Board
Chief Academic OfficerJames RiegerInterim Vice President & Chief Academic
Chief Executive OfficerClinton GardnerPresident and
Chief Financial OfficerManila
Director Institutional ResearchChris TsengDirector,
OPEIDNameCityLocation TypeStatus
California Southern UniversityCosta MesaMain CampusActive
DegreeDegree LevelYear ImplementedModality
Associate of Arts in Liberal StudiesAssociate1989Distance Education
Bachelor of Applied ScienceBachelors2012Distance Education
Bachelor of Arts in PsychologyBachelors1996Distance Education
Bachelor of Business AdministrationBachelors1989Distance Education
Bachelor of Science in Criminal JusticeBachelors2012Distance Education
Bachelor of Science in NursingBachelors2016Distance Education
Certificate in Addiction StudiesNon-degree2012Distance Education
Certificate in Advanced Addiction StudiesNon-degree2010On-Site
Certificate in Financial ManagementNon-degree2010Distance Education
Certificate in Healthcare ServicesNon-degree2015Distance Education
Certificate in Human Resource ManagementNon-degree2010Distance Education
Certificate in Industrial and Organizational PsychologyNon-degree2010Distance Education
Certificate in International BusinessNon-degree2010Distance Education
Certificate in LeadershipNon-degree2015Distance Education
Certificate in ManagementNon-degree2010Distance Education
Certificate in Pastoral CounselingNon-degree2010Distance Education
Certificate in Project ManagementNon-degree2010Distance Education
Certificate in Sport PsychologyNon-degree2010Distance Education
Certificate in Strategic LeadershipNon-degree2000Distance Education
Doctor of Business AdministrationProfessional Doctorate1994Distance Education
Doctor of PsychologyProfessional Doctorate1994Distance Education
Juris DoctorProfessional Doctorate1994Distance Education
Master of Arts in Psychology (with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy)Masters1994Distance Education
Master of Business AdministrationMasters1989Distance Education
Master of EducationMasters2018Distance Education
Master of LawsMasters2016Distance Education
Master of Science in Dispute ResolutionMasters2016Distance Education
Master of Science in LawMasters1996Distance Education
Master of Science in Law Enforcement Executive LeadershipMasters2013Distance Education
Master of Science in NursingMasters2016Distance Education
Master of Science in PsychologyMasters2006Distance Education
Professional Development Certificate – Entrepreneurship (Undergraduate)Non-degree2021Distance Education
Professional Development Certificate – Finance (Undergraduate)Non-degree2021Distance Education
Professional Development Certificate – Human Resources (Undergraduate)Non-degree2021Distance Education
Professional Development Certificate – Leadership (Undergraduate)Non-degree2021Distance Education
Professional Development Certificate in AccountingNon-degree2021Distance Education
Professional Development Certificate- Business (Undergraduate)Non-degree2021Distance Education
SeasonYearReview Type
Fall2022Interim Report
Fall2022Special Visit
Fall2026Offsite Review
Spring2027Accreditation Visit