Important Notice on Independence University Accreditation

Change in status of accreditation and what it means2

Independence University (“IU”), operated by Center for Excellence in Higher Education (“CEHE”) is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (“ACCSC”). In 2018, ACCSC placed CEHE’s colleges on probation1 due to concerns over adherence to portions of ACCSC’s Standards, including that some programs at CEHE’s colleges had not consistently met the annual ACCSC cohort benchmark graduation rates.

During the period of probation, CEHE believes that it has satisfactorily addressed the items listed in the ACCSC probation - including implementing several strategies that have significantly improved current cohort graduation rates to a level that is forecasted to meet the ACCSC benchmarks for all programs. However, recently CEHE received notice that ACCSC has voted to withdraw accreditation for some of CEHE’s colleges, including IU.

Immediately upon receipt of the notice, CEHE filed a Notice of Intent to Appeal with ACCSC. It is important to note that under ACCSC rules, a college’s accreditation remains in place during the entirety of the appeals process. Additionally, CEHE made the prudent and right decision to cancel the upcoming start scheduled for May 10, 2021. IU remains accredited as CEHE moves through the appeals process with ACCSC. CEHE believes it is important to be transparent with its students, faculty and staff and that keeping you informed is the right thing to do. Accordingly, as this situation develops, we will continue to update you and provide any new information as it becomes available.

  1. Since the probation began, CEHE provided prospective students with a notice of the ACCSC probation prior to the student’s enrollment into one of CEHE colleges.
  2. The accreditation status change mentioned above as well as resulting actions by CEHE also apply to the affiliate school, Stevens-Henager College

Independence University'S ACCREDITORS


Independence University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The ACCSC is an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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The Bachelor of Science Completion in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing Administration, and Master of Science in Nursing Education degree programs at Independence University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


The Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy offered at Independence University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

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IU Online Campus: 320276

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Independence University's Commitment to Excellence

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Why is nonprofit important?
As a nonprofit college, we do not have shareholders, investors, or for profit owners. This means our focus is 100% on our students and their success. Moreover, as a nonprofit college we have the freedom to invest our resources in our students, the quality of our programs, and the student support services critical for our degree programs.

What does accredited mean?
Independence University's accredited status means the university has met specific standards for curriculum, educational delivery, faculty qualifications, and facilities. Accreditation also means that IU is subjected to ongoing peer review and examination by outside evaluators to ensure a commitment to quality education.

Why does it matter?
Accreditation is important because it ensures continued improvement and shows the college's commitment to meeting a rigorous set of quality standards. Accreditation is also important because it's a requirement for students to participate in federal financial aid programs which help make college more affordable.

Military Affiliations


For military veterans who are eligible for the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® and whose fees exceed the annual cap, the Department of Veteran Affairs will cover half of your remaining tuition and fees for the fiscal year. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at


Independence University and DANTES will assist you to see if any of your military experience qualifies you to receive college credit.


This benefit provides educational assistance to active-duty servicemember spouses who are pursuing an Associate’s degree or completing a certificate program.


At Independence University, we maintain a commitment to honesty, fairness, and value in education. IU staff and faculty are accountable to one another, the higher education community, our students and graduates, and our employers and partners.


IU works to provide the latest technology, career trends, and employment demands. With the assistance of our Program Advisory Committee, we continuously review and enhance our program offerings, curriculum, services, and operation.