Statement of Accreditation Status
Sofia University

1069 East Meadow Circle
Palo Alto, CA 94303
United States

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.

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, February 17, 2017
Granted Candidacy

Candidacy is a status of preliminary affiliation with the Senior College and University Commission, awarded for a maximum of four years following a procedure for institutional review that includes self-study and on-site visitation. Candidacy indicates that the institution meets all or nearly all the Standards at a minimum level. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation; it means that an institution is progressing toward accreditation. This is the date that the institution was first granted the status of Candidacy with WSCUC. Not all institutions have become accredited with WSCUC through the Candidacy process.

First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

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Financial Structure Type

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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.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer John Lemmon Provost/VPAA john.lemmon [at]
Board of Directors Chair Allen Huang Chair, Board of Trustees allenmhuang [at]
Chief Academic Officer John Lemmon Provost/VPAA john.lemmon [at]
Chief Executive Officer Barry Ryan President barry.ryan [at]
Chief Financial Officer Linyan Liu Chief Financial Officer linyan.liu [at]
Director Institutional Research Mark Robinson Director of Institutional Research mrobinson [at]
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Business Administration Masters 2016 Distance Education
Business Administration Masters 2016 On-Site
Business Administration Bachelors 2016 On-Site
Business Administration Bachelors 2016 Distance Education
Clinical Psychology (PsyD) Professional Doctorate 2009 On-Site
Computer Science Masters 2014 Distance Education
Computer Science Masters 2014 On-Site
Counseling Psychology Masters 1988 On-Site
Counseling Psychology Masters 2010 Distance Education
Education in Transformative Art Masters 2016 Distance Education
Education in Transformative Art Masters 2016 On-Site
Education in Transformative Education Masters 2016 On-Site
Education in Transformative Education Masters 2016 Distance Education
Liberal Arts Bachelors 2013 Distance Education
MA in Psychology Masters 2008 On-Site
Master of Business Administration in Chinese Masters 2017 Distance Education
Master of Business Administration in Chinese Masters 2017 On-Site
Psychology Research Doctorate 2002 Distance Education
Psychology Bachelors 2013 Distance Education
Transpersonal Psychology Masters 1985 Distance Education
Transpersonal Psychology Masters 1975 On-Site
Transpersonal Psychology Research Doctorate 1975 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Spring 2019 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)).

Spring 2019 Special Visit
Fall 2021 Offsite Review
Spring 2022 Accreditation Visit

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