Accreditation is a voluntary process which ensures schools provide high-quality learning opportunities and clearly demonstrate continual self-improvement. An accredited school is based on meeting specific criteria set forth by the Accrediting Commission for Schools - Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
CMASAS adopted and aligns with industry standards as criteria to meet accreditation standards for online schools. Schools who maintain accreditation:
- are focused on a mission and goals for students.
- are student-oriented and examine its students' performance continuously.
- maintain a qualified faculty within an effectively organized school.
- collaboratively assess the quality of its educational programs on a regular basis.
- plan for the future.
- accept objective evaluation from a team of outside peer professionals trained by Northwest Accreditation Commission.
As a world-wide school, CMASAS is accredited by WASC. The Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges is one of six regional accreditation agencies for Kindergarten -12th grade serving western states, the Pacific region, and schools worldwide.
The following are the recognized regional accrediting agencies and the states/regions which each serves for educational institutions in the United States:
- Cognia/Northwest Accreditation Commission - Serving schools in the Pacific Northwest.
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Educational institutions in California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Micronesia, Palau, Northern Marianas Islands, and worldwide.
- Cognia/North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
- Cognia/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas.
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, as well as schools for American children in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges - Educational institutions in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont).
Accredited schools from any of the regional accreditation agencies must adhere to the credit acceptance policy for member schools.
CMASAS courses are also approved and accepted by the NCAA Eligibility Center for Student Athletes wishing to be eligible for and participate in Collegiate Sports.