Accreditation

What is it? Accreditation within higher education is a voluntary, nongovernmental process that gives public recognition to institutions that meet established quality standards. The purpose of accreditation is to assure the public as to the quality of an institution and its commitment to high standards through a system of continuous improvement. The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) formally recognizes accrediting commissions that meet all federal standards and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) extends recognition to accrediting bodies and their institutions that meet these established standards. American Public University System (APUS) has obtained accreditation as well as specialized/programmatic accreditation.

Credits and degrees earned through APUS may be recognized for promotion, assignment, and position qualification standards within the military, federal government, and private sector. For students transferring to other colleges, APUS credit is considered transfer eligible based on its accreditation. However, APUS cannot guarantee that its credit will be accepted, as acceptance of credit is always the prerogative of the receiving institution.

If you have questions or need further information on accreditation, please contact the Office of Institutional Accreditation at accreditation@apus.edu, Telephone: 304-724-3778, Fax: 304-724-3779.

Regional Accreditation

American Public University System (APUS) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). APUS is comprised of American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU). The Higher Learning Commission is an accrediting body recognized by the USDE and CHEA. Accreditation requires a significant amount of self-study and presentation of evidence to satisfy the demanding requirements of accrediting organizations. Obtaining accreditation demonstrates that APUS is focused on academic excellence and providing the best possible educational experience for its students.

Further information on recognition policies and standards may be found on the following web sites:

As an accredited institution, APUS is eligible to participate in federal educational entitlement programs such as military tuition assistance, government tuition reimbursement programs, the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill, and many corporate education assistance programs. In addition, APUS has been granted approval by the Department of Education to participate in Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs.

Licensure

The American Public University System is authorized to operate as an institution of higher education by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC). APUS is also permitted to operate as an out-of-state institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). These are the states in which the University System maintains a physical presence and conducts its academic and service operations. Additionally, the American Public University System is engaged in a continuous process to certify that it is recognized as an accredited institution of higher learning by all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In this regard, the University is committed to ensuring that its academic programs, business practices, and operational activities remain in compliance with applicable regulations specific to each jurisdiction. We also work through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) process to ensure that when authorization or licensure is necessary, the required approvals are secured. West Virginia is a member of SARA and APUS is an approved SARA institution. Participation in SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state; however SARA has no effect on state professional licensing requirements. For more information about SARA, please visit http://www.nc-sara.org/.

Alabama: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Alabama regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Alaska: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Alaska regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Arizona: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Arizona regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Arkansas: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Arkansas regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

California: Effective July 1, 2017, an out-of-state private postsecondary educational institution must register with the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) to enroll California students.  APUS has received our Registration of Out of State institution approval.

Colorado: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Colorado regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Connecticut: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Connecticut regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Delaware: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Delaware regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Florida: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Florida regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Georgia: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Georgia regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Hawaii: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Hawaii regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Idaho: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Idaho regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Illinois: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Illinois regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Indiana: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Indiana regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Iowa: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Iowa regulations to offer programs to residents of the state. Note to students: A student seeking an Iowa educator license is advised that successful completion of this institution’s program(s) of educator preparation does not qualify you for initial educator licensure by the Iowa Bard of Educational Examiners. A candidate seeking licensure in the State of Iowa must first be licensed/certified as an educator in the state in which preparation was completed. This institution shall assist a candidate in contacting the appropriate licensing board in the state in which the candidate’s preparation was completed. This institution shall assist the candidate in understanding the requirements of the appropriate licensing board prior to the candidate’s completion of this institution’s program(s) of educator preparation. A candidate seeking subsequent licensure from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners must contact that Board (515-281-5849; http://www.boee.iowa.gov for licensure requirements in Iowa).

Kansas: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Kansas regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Kentucky: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Kentucky regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Louisiana: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Louisiana regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Maine: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Maine regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Maryland: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Maryland regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Massachusetts: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Massachusetts regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Michigan: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Michigan regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Minnesota: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Minnesota regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Mississippi: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Mississippi regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Missouri: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Missouri regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Montana: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Montana regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Nebraska: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Nebraska regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Nevada: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Nevada regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

New Hampshire: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with New Hampshire regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

New Jersey: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with New Jersey regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

New Mexico: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with New Mexico regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

New York: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with New York regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

North Carolina: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with North Carolina regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

North Dakota: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with North Dakota regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Ohio: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Ohio regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Oklahoma: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Oklahoma regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Oregon: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Oregon regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Pennsylvania: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Pennsylvania regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Rhode Island: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Rhode Island regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

South Carolina: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with South Carolina regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

South Dakota: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with South Dakota regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Tennessee:  As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Tennessee’s regulations to offer programs to residents of the state. Tennessee residents:  The R.N. to B.S. in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs are not currently open for admission to Tennessee residents.

Texas: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Texas regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Utah: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Utah regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Vermont: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Vermont regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Virginia: The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) has certified the school to operate in Virginia. Note to Virginia students: Students have the right to file a grievance with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). A representative from SCHEV can be reached at the following: 101 N. 14th Street, James Monroe Building, Richmond, VA 23219; telephone (804) 225-2600. Students will not be subjected to adverse actions by any school officials as a result of initiating a complaint. 

State regulations require that all students who reside in Virginia complete a minimum of 30% of their course work at the University in order to be granted a degree from the University. Any questions about this requirement should be directed to studentservices@apus.edu.

Washington: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Washington regulations to offer programs to residents of the state. Washington State residents and RN license holders: The R.N. to B.S. in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs are not currently open for admission to Washington State Residents and RN license holders.

West Virginia: The University has received Category II status from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, which represents the final step in achieving full authorization to operate in the state.

Student Complaints: The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission encourages students to seek first informal resolution of any concern or issue. If the issue cannot be resolved informally, the student should follow the institution’s formal complaint or grievance procedure. If, after exhausting the institution’s internal grievance procedures, the institution has not responded to the student’s satisfaction or a satisfactory remedy has not been found, the student may contact the Commission for further investigation into the issue. Upon receipt of a complaint, the Commission may conduct an investigation or refer the issue to another agency that is authorized to address the issue. The Commission may contact institution officials to discuss a possible resolution. Instructions for filing a complaint with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission can be found at http://www.wvhepc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Student-Complaint-Process-revised-3.pdf.

Wisconsin: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Wisconsin regulations to offer programs to the residents of the state.

Wyoming: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Wyoming regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

The District of Columbia: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with The District of Columbia regulations to offer programs to residents of the District.