Approvals & Accreditations
IAU is a member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and is a candidate for ACBSP accreditation of its business programs and for separate accreditation of its accounting program. ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education. ACBSP’s global mission is to pursue a better tomorrow by advancing and recognizing excellence in business education through continuous improvement. ACBSP’s global vision is to see every business program of quality accredited and pursuing continuous improvement. ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2001 and again in 2011, ACBSP was the first to offer specialized business accreditation at all degree levels and the first to offer certificate accreditation. ACBSP currently accredits business programs at more than 1,200 campuses in 60 countries.
As of July 12, 2021, IAU is recognized by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE) and identified as eligible for the payment of education benefits associated with the GI Bill® by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As an accredited institution, IAU must meet the requirements of 38 USC §3675 and 38 CFR 21.4253. ‘‘GI Bill®’’ is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
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IAU is currently listed on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) database of institutions accredited by recognized U.S. accrediting organizations. TRACS is a CHEA-recognized accrediting organization. To be “recognized” means that the accreditors in the database have been reviewed by CHEA or U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and meet the quality standards of the respective organizations.
IAU is listed on the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs (DAPIP). The accreditation database is brought to you by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE). DAPIP contains information reported to the U.S. Department of Education directly by recognized accrediting agencies and state approval agencies. The database reflects additional information as it is received from recognized accrediting agencies and state approval agencies. DAPIP ID: 248466
IAU’s approval to operate as a private postsecondary educational institution in the State of California is based on provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act (CPPEA) of 2009, which was effective January 1, 2010. The Act is administered by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Approval to operate means compliance with state standards as set forth in this chapter. The Bureau does not endorse IAU’s programs nor does Bureau approval mean that IAU exceeds minimum standards. IAU is currently Approved by the BPPE.
In March 2009 IAU received SEVP Certification. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) delegated the school certification process to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and ICE assigned this responsibility to its SEVP. SEVP Certification allows institutions to issue Forms I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” to prospective international students after admitting them for a course of study. SEVIS School Code#: LOS214F01373000
IAU is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) [15935 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: 434.525.9539; e-mail: email@example.com] having been awarded Accredited Status as a Category IV institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on October 26, 2020; this status is effective for a period of five (5) years. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). For more information, please see TRACS's Institutional Directory.
Operating under contract to the Department for Education, UK ENIC is the official agency in the United Kingdom for the recognition of international qualifications and skills. Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the UK NARIC recognition agency function has to change from a NARIC (which is an EU-only title) to an ENIC (the wider European title for national recognition agencies).
IAU’s online business programs are recognized by the Jordanian Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research. This means that Jordanians may study IAU’s online business programs and graduates may have an easier time demonstrating their qualifications when pursuing professional and educational opportunities in Jordan. Every country’s education system is different, so this type of official recognition can go a long way in ensuring that a degree earned from IAU is accepted.
The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ), formerly the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation (HKCAA), is an independent statutory body to provide authoritative advice on academic standards of degree programmes in higher education institutions in Hong Kong. HKCAAVQ recognizes IAU’s degrees as equivalent.
In collaboration with UNESCO, IAU WHED Portal provides authoritative information on some 19,800 accredited Higher Education Institutions, Systems and Credentials in over 180 countries that meet WHED criteria. It is globally recognized as an official source of information. Each HEI listed in the WHED is identified with an unique identifier known as a Global WHED ID, which uniquely identifies each higher education institution listed in the WHED.