Accreditation and Certification

Accreditation, Approval, and Licensure of GU and Programs


Distance Education and Training  Council
Since 1961, Grantham University has been continuously accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), formerly known as the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). All online programs of instruction offered by Grantham have been examined by independent objective subject matter experts and have been found to meet or exceed the DEAC’s published academic and ethical standards.
The DEAC was founded in 1955 and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Like the regional accrediting agencies, the 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 recognition criteria is the same for national accrediting agencies and regional agencies.

IACBE Candidate for Accreditation

The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The Mark Skousen School of Business has affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education and is eligible to undergo an accreditation review of its business programs.

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Grantham University has been reviewed and approved as a Registered Educational Provider (REP) of the Project Management Institute.

Additional Information and Resources on Accreditation

The Importance of Accreditation

Accreditation is a process that gives public recognition to an institution that meets established standards. According to the 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.


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 has been approved by the state of Kansas to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. As required by state law, Grantham University also has the following licenses/registrations/approvals/certifications/ authorizations/exemptions:
  • Alabama Commission on Higher Education Certificate of Approval
  • Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education Private School License
  • Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission Certificate of Authorization
  • Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education licensed as an out-of-state institution
  • Maryland Higher Education Commission registration
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education authorization
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Certificate of Authorization
  • State of Wisconsin Educational Approval Board Certificate of Approval

U.S. Secretary of Education

Postsecondary Educational Institutions and Programs Accredited by Accrediting Agencies and State Approval Agencies Recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.


American Council of Education


Grantham University is an institutional member of the American Council on Education (ACE). ACE is the nation’s umbrella higher education association. Institutional membership is limited to nationally or regionally accredited colleges or universities.
Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau

Since 2007, Grantham University has been a BBB Accredited business with an A+ approval rating. This rating reflects Grantham’s dedication and service to the public and meeting the BBB Accreditation standards.
US Distance learning  Association


Grantham University is a member of the United States Distance Learning Association. USDLA, a nonprofit organization, was formed in 1987 to promote the development and application of distance learning for education and training.

The National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services

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.