Herald Staff Report
Ashford University has been granted initial accreditation for five years by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The WASC Commission Action Letter stated "The Commission found that the University has responded to Commission concerns and judges that it is now in substantial compliance with Commission standards."
The WASC visiting team noted within its final report that "the team found an institution that has been fundamentally transformed and whose culture has been changed in significant ways, including a shift from a market-driven approach to an institution committed to student retention and success, a transformation that is enthusiastically supported by the Board of Trustees, the new President, administration, faculty and staff."
Officials with Ashford's parent company Bridgepoint education applauded the WASC's recognition of the university's educational worth.
"From our students and alumni, to our faculty and staff, to our trustees and shareholders, today's announcement reaffirms Ashford University's and Bridgepoint Education's collective commitment to student success," Bridgepoint Education chief executive officer Andrew Clark said. "Throughout this organization and its academic institutions, there is a passion for education and the transformative difference it can make. We appreciate WASC's recognition of Ashford University's efforts and know that those same efforts will benefit our students through both the ongoing and new initiatives Ashford has implemented throughout this process."