The Importance of Accreditation

Accreditation is a process that gives public recognition to an institution that meets established standards. According to Grantham’s accrediting agency, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), accreditation is “a process whereby an accrediting body grants public recognition to an institution as having met certain standards.” As such, accreditation assures you, the student, that the institution operates on a sound financial basis, has an approved program of study, qualified instructors, adequate facilities and equipment, and approved recruitment and admissions policies.

Since 1961, Grantham University has been continuously accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). All programs of instruction offered by Grantham have been examined by independent objective subject matter experts and have been found to meet or exceed the Accrediting Commission’s published academic and ethical standards.

DEAC was founded in 1926 and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Like the regional accrediting agencies, DEAC undergoes reviews by the Department of Education to make certain that it meets the criteria for federal recognition as published in Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations. This criteria is the same for national accrediting agencies and regional agencies.

Grantham University is approved and legally authorized to provide postsecondary education by the Kansas Board of Regents, the authority by which Grantham confers degrees.

Grantham University is registered by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) as an Out of State Institution under the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009.

The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. The initiative is administered by the country’s four regional higher education compacts: the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and overseen by NC-SARA. States and institutions that choose to participate agree to operate under common standards and procedures, providing a more uniform and less costly regulatory environment for institutions, more focused oversight responsibilities for states and better resolution of student complaints.

The state of Kansas was approved as a SARA state on November 17, 2014. The Kansas Board of Regents serves as the portal agency for Kansas SARA.

On June 4, 2015, Grantham University became an institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) initiative. With this membership, Grantham University programs are automatically available to students who reside in participating states.

For a list of NC-SARA participating states, go to the following link:

Grantham University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration in Information Management
  • Master of Business Administration in Project Management
  • Master of Science in Business Intelligence
  • Master of Science in Performance Improvement
  • Bachelor Business Administration in Human Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management

The Bachelor of Science Electronics Engineering Technology Degree program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,


The College of Nursing is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN); 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. (404) 975-5000
The following programs are included in the candidacy:

  • RN-BSN Degree Completion (Bachelor)
  • RN-MSN Bridge Program Option
  • Master of Science in Nursing
    • ~Case Management (MSN)
    • ~Nursing Education (MSN)
    • ~Nursing Informatics (MSN)
    • ~Nursing Management & Organizational Leadership (MSN)

Coursework for Grantham’s Bachelor of Business Administration - Human Resource Management program has been acknowledged to fully align with the HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Grantham University has been reviewed and approved as a Registered Educational Provider (REP) of the Project Management Institute

Grantham University is an approved GSA Advantage!® provider of four certificate programs and 21 online courses. GSA Advantage!® is the federal government’s premier online catalog, information and order system. It is known as a reliable, proven one-stop resource for federal employees and offers the most comprehensive selection of products and services from GSA contracts. The GSA-approved certificate programs are:

  • Business Leadership Certificate
  • Human Resources Certificate
  • Cybersecurity Concepts Certificate
  • Introduction to Programming Certificate



Grantham University is a member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). The USDLA, a nonprofit organization, was formed in 1987 to promote the development and application of distance learning for education and training.

The National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services
Grantham University is an institutional member of The National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services (NAIMES). NAIMES is committed to promoting high quality, pedagogically sound educational opportunities for the military community. NAIMES endorses the ideals of voluntary education and in so doing represents a wide range of colleges and universities.

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