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 Student Achievement Disclosure for the public

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency.

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by 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. To date, every state and the District of Columbia except California participates in NC-SARA.

The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. For a listing of accredited programs, visit
IACBE Disclosure of Student Achievement

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


The College of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The following are accredited by ACEN:

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


Coursework for Grantham’s of Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in 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 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.


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.