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Higher Learning Commission Removes Ashford University from Notice Sanction

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (HLC) removed the sanction of Notice from Ashford University on August 30, 2013. The Commission removed the University from Notice because its Board determined that the University had resolved the concerns that led to the institution being placed on Notice.


In a letter from the HLC, the Board stated it had removed the sanction against Ashford because the University had successfully established accredited status with the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WASC). The University's successful acquisition of accredited status with WASC signaled Ashford's intent to resign its accredited status with HLC, thereby ending the Higher Learning Commission's need to determine if the University meets HLC's jurisdictional requirements. WASC found the University to be in substantial compliance with WASC standards, including the same standards the Commission originally identified in placing the institution on Notice.

"We are very pleased by HLC's action," said Dr. Richard Pattenaude, president of Ashford University. "It is a reflection of the work we have done to strengthen the University and to provide our students with outstanding support."

To view HLC's Public Disclosure Notice on Ashford University, click here.




About Ashford University
Ashford University is defining the modern college experience by combining the heritage of a traditional campus with the flexibility and effectiveness of online learning. The University provides a vibrant learning community where high-quality programs and leading-edge technology create a dynamic, immersive and stimulating learning experience. The University offers practical and progressive associates, bachelor's and master's degree programs online, as well as bachelor's degree programs at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. Ashford University – where heritage meets innovation. For more information, please visit or call Shari Winet Rodriguez, vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.