Accreditation and Approvals
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Effective November 2012, Graduate School USA is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267) 284-5000.
Upon approval of Candidacy by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Graduate School USA voluntarily withdrew its accreditation from the Council on Occupational Education.
D.C. Education Licensure Commission
Graduate School USA is licensed by the D.C. Education Licensure Commission.
The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for a number of Graduate School USA's courses. The American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives.
ACE CREDIT connects workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping adults gain access to academic credit at colleges and universities for formal courses and examinations taken in the workplace or other settings outside traditional higher education.
For more than 30 years, colleges and universities have trusted ACE CREDIT to provide reliable course equivalency information to facilitate their decisions to award academic credit. For more information, visit the ACE CREDIT Transcript Service website at http://www.acenet.edu/acecredit.
Graduate School USA chose the ACE College Credit Recommendation Service because they evaluate and make credit recommendations for formal educational programs and courses sponsored by noncollegiate organizations who are non-degree granting and who offer courses to their employees, members or customers. These credit recommendations are intended to guide colleges and universities as they consider awarding credit to persons who have successfully completed non-collegiate-sponsored instruction.
All ACE-approved course designations are identified in the individual course descriptions listed in our catalogs and on our website. As a service to our students, we have provided the link to the location of our reviewed courses in the online ACE National Guide.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Continuing Education Units provide a nationally recognized permanent record of your lifelong learning experiences. In addition, the CEUs you earn in our training courses may be used to satisfy some of the requirements for our certificates. You receive one CEU for every ten - sixty-minute hours of participation in our courses (excluding lunch and breaks). Completing our CEU/CPE registration form enables us to track and maintain your record of accumulated CEUs throughout your career, regardless of where you work.
Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPE)
Many of Graduate School USA's daytime courses, particularly in acquisition, auditing, and financial management offer continuing professional education credit (CPE). States and many professional organizations have CPE requirements to meet standards, maintain CPA licenses and professional certification to improve the professional proficiency of the individual and the quality of the financial management and auditing professions. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, individual state boards of accountancy, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, the Association of Government Accountants, U.S. Government Accountability office are a few of the organizations and agencies that require CPE. Each 50 minutes of a program or training activity will be recorded as one CPE credit.
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)
Graduate School USA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education of the National Registry of CPE sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to:
National Registry of CPE Sponsors
150 Fourth Avenue, Suite 700
Nashville, TN 37219-2417
CPE credits are for instructor-led/group-live courses only
In addition, Graduate School USA has sponsorship agreements with the following state boards of accountancy that recognize us as an approved source for continuing professional education credit for licensing purposes.
Sponsor ID No.
New Jersey 20CE00214500
New York 000762
For complete program information, as required by NASBA Standard No. 8, please visit us online at graduateschool.edu or call (888) 744-GRAD.
Professional Development Units (PDUs)
We are a Global Registered Education Provider (REP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI), Inc., and also offer project management training designed by other REPs. REPs are organizations approved by PMI to offer project management training for Professional Development Units (PDUs). Project Management Professionals (PMP®s) are required to earn a minimum of 60 PDUs every three years to maintain their certification. Candidates for the PMP designation must have completed 35 hours of project management education. For additional information about the PMP credential, please visit the PMI website: www.pmi.org.
The Professional Development Unit (PDU) is the measuring unit used by the Project Management Institute, Inc., to quantify approved learning and professional service activities. Typically, one PDU is earned for every one hour spent in a planned, structured learning experience or activity. For conversion purposes one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) equals 10 PDUs.
Continuing Development Units (CDUs)
Graduate School USA is an Endorsed Education Provider of the International Institute of Business Analysis (www.theiiba.org) and provides CDUs for business analysis training.
Graduate School USA is an education partner with the National Contract Management Association.
Graduate School USA is an approved Equivalent Provider of the Defense Acquisition University. The partnership provides a continuum of coursework to support the consistent and continuous development of the Defense Acquisition Workforce's capabilities as they relate to effectively and efficiently implementing the Defense Acquisition System. Visit, http://icatalog.dau.mil/appg.aspx for more information.
DAU equivalent courses:
MILITARY FRIENDLY INSTITUTION
Graduate School USA recognizes the commitment and sacrifices made by servicemembers and reaches out to provide high-quality educational opportunities to help them attain their personal and professional education goals. Here are the programs and organizations that we are affiliated with to provide support.