However, Ballheim contended, Ashford is autonomous from Bridgepoint, meaning the business does not dictate education.
During WASC's visit to the campus 18 months ago, officials didn't identify any any major concerns with the Clinton campus, which represents a small portion of Ashford University. Of the university's 71,685 students, less than 1,000 earn their degrees in Clinton.
The campus didn't undergo any major changes as part of the accreditation bid, but this summer has brought investment into the campus. Students will find updated classrooms, technology, bathrooms and dorms when they return for classes.
Officials say they also will find a myriad of faculty and staff committed to their education.
"We never lost accreditation, but there was that question out there. And if there's a question, why would you even take that risk? We will have to show it's not a risk. And we do that by doing our jobs and doing them seriously and we do it with good results. Over time, that will speak for itself," Ballheim said.