The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

September 6, 2013

Ashford University not on notice with HLC

By Katie Dahlstrom Herald Assistant Editor
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — Ashford University is no longer on notice with the Higher Learning Commission, the university announced Thursday.

In March, the HLC placed Ashford on notice — a status that indicates a university is pursuing a course of action that, if continued, could lead to it being out of compliance with one or more criteria of accreditation.

When placing Ashford on notice, the HLC Board of Trustees noted the university had not demonstrated that it was substantially present in the region as required by a jurisdictional policy the board adopted in June 2012.

In a letter from the HLC issued Aug. 30, the HLC board stated it had removed the sanction against Ashford because the university had successfully established accredited status with the WASC Senior College and University Commission, the regional accrediting body that covers institutions in California where Ashford maintains a substantial administrative and executive presence and where a majority of the for-profit institutions’ students are based.

Ashford was awarded the WASC accreditation in July, nearly a year after the agency originally turned down Ashford’s initial accreditation bid.

The university’s successful acquisition of accredited status with WASC signaled Ashford’s intent to resign its accredited status with HLC, thereby ending the HLC’s need to determine if the university meets HLC’s jurisdictional requirements.

WASC found the university to be in substantial compliance with WASC standards, including the same standards the commission originally identified in placing the institution on notice.

“We are very pleased by HLC’s action,” Richard Pattenaude, president of Ashford University, said. “It is a reflection of the work we have done to strengthen the university and to provide our students with outstanding support.”