• Update: University of Antelope Valley, Lancaster CA

    May 10, 2024 - WSCUC

May 10, 2024 Update

The WASC Senior College and University Commission has withdrawn the accreditation of the University of Antelope Valley. The Commission’s letter which provides details about this adverse action, is available here.

March 2, 2024 Update

The University of Antelope Valley (UAV) has announced that it will close. WSCUC is providing this information to assist students and others who have inquired about the institution’s status and will update this information as needed.

Accreditation Status

WSCUC placed UAV on probation in August 2023, as outlined in this Commission Action Letter (CAL).  Probation means that an institution is accredited and “has serious issues with one or more of the Standards of Accreditation” and a specified time to correct those issues, which are outlined in the CAL.

California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education Status

On February 29, 2024, the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, Department of Consumer Protection, issued UAV a Notice and Emergency Decision ordering the institution to cease enrollment of any new students, cease all instruction, cease the collection of tuition and fees, and cease operation of all degree programs. The Bureau’s order is effective close of business on March 22, 2024, subject to certain appeal rights.

UAV Closure

WSCUC required UAV to develop teach-out plans for students to have the option to complete their education. UAV submitted an initial teach-out plan in September 2023 and has other obligations to provide students with information about their options and specific alternatives for transitioning to other institutions. The Office of Student Assistance and Relief of the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education is working directly with impacted students to provide resources and information regarding their rights and options. In addition to transfer options that may be in place, this assistance includes connecting students to both state and federal economic relief programs. As a result of UAV’s closure, students may be eligible for a discharge of federal student loans. Information on closed school loan discharges, including loan discharge criteria, loan discharge process, and questions and answers about closed school discharges, is available here.