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Institutional Approval and Licensure California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

University of Western California (UWC) is a private university licensed and approved to operate as a private postsecondary institution by the State of California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). "Approval to operate" means that the Bureau has determined and certified that an institution meets minimum standards established by the Bureau for integrity, financial stability, and educational quality, including the offering of bona fide instruction by qualified faculty and the appropriate assessment of students' achievement prior to, during, and at the end of its program. To earn approved status in California, a degree-granting institution must undergo a qualitative review and assessment of programs offered and of all institutional policies, procedures, and operations.

Most countries do not have independent organizations for which schools can seek accreditation. Rather, they are granted status by a government agency such as what the state of California and the Department of Education requires. In the United States, the Department of Education does not require accreditation by any accrediting body, nor is accreditation governed by the government. U.S. accreditation organizations are a private institutionalized board which grants a peer review status and approval to universities that pursue this course of action on a voluntary basis. The biggest benefit is federal funding for schools. Please note that regardless of accreditation, the transfer of credits between all universities (whether state approved or accredited), is determined by the specific policies of the universities and determined on a case-by-case basis.

Additional International Approvals & Accreditations

The DLQAA has awarded Western California University Accreditation Status after in-depth evaluation through its unique patented accreditation process. University of Western California (UWC) has been evaluated on the DLQAA standards of the global best practices for education in Organizational Management, Academic Management and Institutional Performance . Western California University has been declared fully capable of upholding the responsibility of imparting quality education through its educational system.

ACBE is an international accreditation body committed to establishing and promoting high educational standards for post-secondary degree and non-degree programs in the field of business and management. University of Western California (UWC) is a proud member of GACBE and all its business and management programs are designed according to the standards set by the Global Accreditation Council for Business Associates.

The United States Distance Learning Association is association in the United States to supporting Distance Learning research, development and praxis across the complete arena of education, training and communications.

The USDLA was founded on the premise of creating a powerful alliance to meet the burgeoning education and training needs of learning communities via new concepts of the fusion of communication technologies with learning in broad multidiscipline applications.
The learning communities that USDLA addresses are: higher education, continuing education, corporate training, military and government training. In addition USDLA is also focused on national and international technology based Distance Learning

EABHE is a not-for-profit autonomous accreditation body committed to improve standards of Higher Education. The goal of European Accreditation Board of Higher Education is three-folds. The organization is formed to protect the exponentially increasing number of educational consumers. Second, EABHE focuses on the universities and colleges operating in the European region and provides them with the strategies and framework for continuous improvement. Third, the organization strives to introduce an effective self-regulatory climate contributing to continued development in the education industry.

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) based in Chicago USA has recently accredited Western California University (WCU) Panama and granted international member Status. CAEL sets the standard for quality in Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and best practices for adult learning programs. CAEL focuses on expanding lifelong learning opportunities for adults by advancing experiential learning and its assessment through joint ventures with higher education, industry, and labour unions.

The World Association of Universities and Colleges accredits University of Western California (UWC). The WAUC is a Global Private Accrediting Agency, Accrediting and Monitoring Universities and schools on a vigourous basis on a Global scale.

MEAC is an international agency working to enhance the standards of education for working adults in the MENA region. It operates worldwide, granting educational accreditation upon evaluation to institutions involved in education for working adults.

IACEP is an internationally recognized accreditation body responsible for to establishing and ensuring higher educational standards for Engineering education programs offered by various universities and institutes across the world. All the degree and non-degree Engineering programs offered by Western California University are recognized by IACEP.

CADLA is an internationally recognized accreditation body. It provides regional accreditation to Online Universities operation in the Central American region. For decades, CADLA is working with several educational institutions, corporations, professionals and qualified individuals to enhance the standards of education for students and working adults in Central America.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP): University of Western California (UWC) is an Institutional Member of this accreditation council ACBSP. It is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide.

International Accreditation Organization (IAO): University of Western California (UWC) has been approved by the Evaluation Commission of International Accreditation Organization (IAO) as a member Institution of Higher Education and as an eligible candidate for accreditation.

International Association for Distance Learning (IADL): University of Western California (UWC) is accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning (IADL) It was established to promote excellence in open, distance and online learning and to offer a voluntary system of validation and recognition for course-providers worldwide. The IADL name and brand provide benchmarks through which global consumers can gauge the quality of courses offered by our Members. IADL is an independent organization based in London, United Kingdom.

University of Western California (UWC) Department of Sociology is a collective member of the International Sociology Association (ISA) based in Madrid- Spain The ISA was founded in 1949 under UNESCO and it has about 4,500 individual and 45 collective members, hailing from 167 countries. Its purpose is to "represent sociologists everywhere, regardless of their school of thought, scientific approaches or ideological opinion" and its objective is to "advance sociological knowledge throughout the world".

University of Western California (UWC) is now recognized by Chartered Institute of Management and Leadership - USA.

The Accreditation Syndicate for Education in England. has accredited University of Western California.

California University Foreign Credential Evaluator (CUFCE) certifies the credits earned at UWC to be equivalent to any other nationally and regionally accredited colleges and universities of United States of America.

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