Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations
California State University is accredited by the Senior College Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This federally-recognized body provides assurance to students, parents and all stakeholders that CSU meets clear quality standards for educational and financial performance, http://www.wascsenior.org/.
State authorization is a longstanding requirement in the Higher Education Act that requires institutions to be authorized in the state in which they are located as a condition for eligibility to receive Title IV Federal student aid. The U.S. Department of Education has released new regulations for state authorization of online education. If an institution is offering postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a State in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering distance or correspondence education in that State.
The CSU Chancellor’s Office serves as a resource for campuses seeking approvals in compliance with State laws in every State. If authorization or licensure is necessary or becomes necessary, individual campuses must seek the appropriate approvals.
CSU Student Internal Complaint Process & Contact Info
Pursuant to the United States Department of Education's Program Integrity Rule, each institution of higher education is required to provide all prospective and current students with the contact information for the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against postsecondary education institutions offering distance learning within that state. Students are encouraged to utilize California State University's internal complaint or review policies and procedures prior to filing a complaint with a state agency. Click here for a copy of the CSU internal complaints process http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1063.html . Should the student wish to file a complaint in their home state please select the state contact from the "Consumer Protection State Contacts" list to file a complaint directly in their state.