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CSU is an accredited university in the United States

Accreditation is a process of external quality review created and used by higher education to scrutinize colleges, universities and programs for quality assurance and quality improvement. Accreditation in the United States is more than 100 years old, emerging from concerns to protect public health and safety and to serve the public interest. (Judith S. Eaton, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation)

There are four types of U.S. accrediting organizations:

(Source: https://www.chea.org/chea-recognized-accrediting-organizations)

  1. Regional Accrediting Organizations
    Accredit public and private, mainly nonprofit and degree-granting, two- and four-year institutions.
  2. National Faith-Related Accrediting Organizations
    Accredit religiously affiliated and doctrinally based institutions, mainly nonprofit and degree-granting.
  3. National Career-Related Accrediting Organizations 
    Accredit mainly for-profit, career-based, single-purpose institutions, both degree and non-degree.
  4. Programmatic Accrediting Organizations 
    Accredit specific programs, professions and freestanding schools, e.g., law, medicine, engineering and health professions.

In the United States, accreditors are accountable to the institutions and programs they accredit. They are accountable to the public and government that have invested heavily in higher education and expect quality. Accreditors undertake an organizational self-assessment on a routine basis and are required to have internal complaint procedures.

Accreditors also undergo a periodic external review of their organizations known as “recognition.” Recognition is carried out either by another private organization, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA, a national coordinating body for institutional and programmatic accreditation) or the United States Department of Education (USDE). Although accreditation is strictly a nongovernmental activity, recognition is not.

CHEA is a nonprofit organization serving as a national advocate for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation. CHEA Website: http://www.chea.org

Recognition by CHEA affirms that the standards and processes of the accrediting organization are consistent with the academic quality, improvement and accountability expectations that CHEA has established, including the eligibility standard that the majority of institutions or programs each accredits are degree-granting.

Distance Education Accrediting Commission – DEAC
1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202.234.5100
Fax: 202-332-1386


Columbia Southern University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). CSU has maintained accreditation since it was initially granted on January 15, 2001 and received its most recent renewal of accreditation through January 2026. The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized agency, and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). All CSU programs including Vietnam program have been reviewed and approved by DEAC in 2016 and will be re-evaluated in February 2022.

Higher Education Related Memberships

American Council on Education
CSU is an institutional member of the American Council on Education (ACE), a major higher education coordinating body that influences public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. ACE membership is open to accredited degree-granting colleges and universities, and higher education associations within the United States.

For information on state licensure, please visit www.columbiasouthern.edu/About-CSU/Accreditation/State-Licensure.

For information on registering a complaint, please visit http://www.columbiasouthern.edu/about-csu/accreditation-licensure/external-complaint-process.

Degree Recognition in Vietnam

CSU degree programs are approved by the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training

Presently regulated by the MOET, Vietnam learners who enroll in an international degree program in the mode of abroad study, educational affiliation, online and distance learning offered by foreign institutions, if having a desire of degree recognition, need to follow the MOET regulation on necessary procedures on Decision No.77/2007/QĐ-BGDĐT dated December 20, 2007 and Circular No.26/2013/TT-BGDĐT dated July 15, 2013.

CSU Vietnam students who wish to get the degree recognition from MOET will be supported by CITC to submit the request to Department of Educational Testing and Accreditation. Documentary includes:

  • Application form (template);
  • A copy of CSU diploma;
  • A copy of CSU transcript and its public-notarized Vietnamese translation;
  • English scores of TOEFL, IELTS, Bachelor’s degree with major in English language as required by Department of Educational Testing and Accreditation.


Recognized degree will be:

  • A certification of degree holder’s educational qualification to continue his/her learning in institutions in Vietnam national educational system.
  • A legal degree certification document to allow the holders to use their degree in accordance with regulations in Vietnam laws.