Statement of Accreditation Status
United States University

7675 Mission Valley Road
San Diego, CA 91911
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, June 19, 2015
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

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


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.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer Steven Stargardter President and CEO sstargardter [at]
Board of Directors Chair Patricia Potter Chair of the Board of Trustees potterpe91 [at]
Chief Academic Officer Jennifer Newmann Provost jnewmann [at]
Chief Executive Officer Steven Stargardter President and CEO sstargardter [at]
Chief Financial Officer William Titera CFO wtitera [at]
Director Institutional Research Nga Phan Assistant Provost, Institutional Research and Assessment nphan [at]
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
ABSN Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing/ELM Bachelors 2007 On-Site
BA in General Studies Bachelors 2011 On-Site
BA in Management Bachelors 2011 On-Site
BA in Management Bachelors 2011 Distance Education
BA Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelors 1998 On-Site
BA Liberal Studies Bachelors 1998 On-Site
BA Spanish Bachelors 1998 On-Site
BS in Health Sciences Bachelors 2011 On-Site
BS in Health Sciences Bachelors 2011 Distance Education
BS in Nursing Bachelors 2011 Distance Education
BS Nursing Bachelors 2011 On-Site
BS Science Bachelors 2004 On-Site
MA Education Masters 2013 Distance Education
MA Education Masters 2011 On-Site
MBA Masters 2011 On-Site
MBA Masters 2011 Distance Education
Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Non-degree 2017 Distance Education
MS Health Sciences Masters 2011 On-Site
MS in Nursing Masters 2011 Distance Education
MS in Nursing - FNP Masters 2009 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Fall 2017 Special Visit
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)).

Fall 2021 Offsite Review
Spring 2022 Accreditation Visit

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Statement Last Revised

The last date that a change was recorded by WSCUC to the institutions accreditation status, key personnel, degrees, locations or other contact information.