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UAV Makes History: WASC Accreditation
General - Thu, Mar. 10, 2016

The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) has announced action taken by the Executive Accrediting Commission awarding the University of Antelope Valley full accreditation.

The University of Antelope Valley is proud to announce WASC Accreditation.

The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) has announced action taken by the Executive Accrediting Commission awarding the University of Antelope Valley full accreditation.

Why accreditation?

"Regional accreditation serves to assure the educational community, parents, students, employers, policymakers, and the public that an accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness. Students attending accredited institutions may be eligible to apply for U.S. federal financial aid and accreditation also helps ensure that credits and degrees are generally recognized for purposes of transfer, admission to other institutions, and employment." ~WASC

UAV is the Antelope Valley's first and only indigenous institution of higher learning offering advanced degrees to receive the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission accreditation and is proud to acknowledge acceptance into the same accreditation family as such prestigious institutions as UC and Cal State systems, USC, Stanford and the University of Hawaii. The University of Antelope Valley is pleased to acknowledge this honor and is indebted to the Antelope Valley community, UAV Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, and most importantly grateful to its students and alumni for exemplary dedication and determination to complete this six to 10-year process in eight years.

This notable accomplishment of earning regional accreditation allows UAV to formulate policies on credit acceptance and transferability regionally and nationwide, which is essential for students who desire to transfer to or from UAV when studying for either undergraduate or graduate degrees.

The University of Antelope Valley's award letter affirmed accreditation commencing February 19, 2016.



What is WASC?

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) is a regional accrediting organization. Commonly called WASC, it is one of six regional associations that accredit colleges and universities in the United States. It is a voluntary, non-governmental organization that evaluates and accredits four-year colleges and universities. While accreditation is voluntary, the United States Department of Education requires an institution to be accredited in order to be eligible to receive financial aid.

Wasn't UAV accredited before?

Yes, UAV is currently accredited and in good standing through the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is a national accreditation organization that is recognized by the United States Department of Education.

When will this take effect?

WASC has granted accreditation status effective February 19, 2016.

Will there be a gap in accreditation during the transition from ACICS to WASC?

No, there will be no time that UAV is not accredited by either ACICS or WASC.

If UAV was already accredited, then why switch?

UAV believes that accreditation through WASC is a better fit for the institution and our students. As a regionally accredited university, UAV will be able to add programs that reflect the growing needs of our community and offer opportunities for our student body that were not available before. WASC accreditation means that UAV meets high standards to provide students with a quality education and degree opportunities.

What other schools have WASC accreditation?

There are more than 190 four-year colleges and universities that are accredited through WASC. The California State University system, as well as the University of California system are WASC accredited. For the complete list of schools accredited by WASC go to

I have already completed courses prior to WASC accreditation. Do they still count?

Yes. For active students, courses completed prior to the WASC accreditation date still count towards your degree.

I have already graduated with my degree. Will it be grandfathered under WASC?

Only students graduating after February 19, 2016, will be awarded a degree under WASC.

Will WASC accreditation change my classes or instructors?

No, your classes and instructors will remain the same. Curriculum modifications, per WASC specifications, were completed over a period of years in order to avoid disruptions in the learning process for our students. UAV professors and instructors had a significant role in developing and implementing these changes.

Will my financial aid be affected?

No, your financial aid will not be affected by the change in accrediting agencies.

Will this have an impact on athletics?

Becoming a regionally accredited institution will allow UAV to apply to become a full member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which will allow our sports teams to compete at the conference and national championship levels. WASC accreditation will also allow our teams to compete in tournaments, playoffs and national championships with California Pacific Conference (CalPac).

How will this benefit me?

Regional accreditation for UAV brings an increased recognition among other regionally accredited schools that the courses and programs meet high standards of academic quality. Regionally accredited institutions are more likely to recognize and accept units and degrees from other regionally accredited colleges and universities. This creates opportunities for our students to pursue higher level degrees in subjects not currently offered at UAV. Regional accreditation will also allow UAV to expand the number of programs offered.

I have other questions. Who do I ask?

There will be many questions from both students and staff in the coming weeks. Feel free to submit your questions to us at [email protected] and we will research and respond directly to you.