University of Phoenix Accreditation
The University of Phoenix has been a pioneer in online education and has gone to some lengths to seek out the appropriate accreditation for its core degrees and areas of study.
The gold standard for analyzing accreditation is to check any accreditation a school lists against the directories maintained by the Council on Higher Education Administration (www.chea.org). This organization is recognized for its reliable, ethical and rigorous analysis of accrediting bodies.
The University of Phoenix has sought recognition from regional, national and program-oriented accrediting bodies. The school has also obtained recognition or licensure, as required, from several states and from the two Canadian Provinces where University of Phoenix campuses have been established.
On a regional basis the University of Phoenix is accredited as a learning institution by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and The Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC); both regional bodies recognized by CHEA
The Business Degrees
The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is one of two business school accrediting bodies recognized by CHEA. For the University of Phoenix this organization has accredited:
• Associate of Arts in Accounting
• Associate of Arts in Business
• Bachelors’ of Science in Business
• The MBA program
• Masters in Management
• Doctorate in Management
• Doctorate in Business Administration
The Bachelors and the Masters of Science in Nursing Degrees are accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing (CCNE), a CHEA sanctioned organization.
For teaching students, the Masters’ Degrees in Education with specialization in Elementary Teacher Education or in Secondary Teacher Education are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), a CHEA-recognized body.
Some of the counseling degrees are accredited at the campuses in Utah and Arizona. This partial accreditation has to do with the necessary arrangements for internship hours, an important requirement for counseling degrees.