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The University of Guam is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), a U.S. regional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. The University has been continuously accredited since 1959.
All of UOG’s academic programs, non-degree certificate programs, and its Intensive English Program (a non-degree program) are covered by this accreditation through 2024.
The University of Guam holds the following degree program accreditations:
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is approved by the Guam Board of Nurse Examiners and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) until 2026. The program received initial accreditation in 1996 through the commission, which was at that time the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC).
The Bachelor of Social Work degree program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) through 2023.
The Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, and the Professional Master of Business Administration degree programs are accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) until 2026. This continues a history of accreditation for the school dating back to 1997.
The Master of Public Administration degree program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) through Aug. 31, 2029.
The School of Education and all of its degree programs are accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). The accreditation covers all of the school’s degree programs, which include bachelor’s programs for elementary and secondary education and seven master’s programs, until 2027.
Additionally, programs provided by the School of Education to prepare candidates for teacher certification in elementary and secondary education are accepted by the Guam Commission on Educator Certification.
The elimination of developmental English classes at UOG has seen a correlating improvement in degree completion time.
The certification recognizes that SOE meets GCEC and national standards for preparing future educators.
The accreditation covers all of the school's degree programs through Dec. 31, 2027.
The University of Guam has been commended in an interim accreditation review by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.
The Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Network (PISBDCN) at the University of Guam received a renewal of its accreditation until December 2023.
(July 2, 2009)
The University of Guam marked an historic milestone in June when the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges voted to reaffirm the institution’s accreditation for eight years, the longest period of reaccreditation in the institution’s history.
“Our next Educational Effectiveness Review site visit will occur in 2017,” said UOG President Robert A. Underwood. “All of our work to enhance academic quality and student success, to increase our commitment to our land-grant mission, and to improve our effectiveness and efficiency has paid off. The entire University community, our accreditation liaison Dr. Helen Whippy, the faculty members who wrote the essays for the Educational Effectiveness Review, and the WASC EER team are to be congratulated for their efforts. This outcome is a reflection of our maturity as an institution. Along with several consecutive years of enrollment growth, favorable audits, and increases in federal grants, the reaffirmation of accreditation signals that the institution is poised to develop a sustainable, educated community that will thrive through the military buildup, and beyond.“
In a letter from WASC President and Executive Director Ralph A. Wolff, the University, “Fulfilled the outcomes it envisioned in its 2004 proposal for the comprehensive review. In striving to meet these self-set objectives in the face of fiscal obstacles and challenges that other institutions might have found insurmountable, the university has established strong and more effective administration structures, sounder fiscal practices and policies, and more vigorous academic programs, and a highly participatory culture of evidence and continuous improvement.”
The maximum period of reaffirmation of accreditation an institution can earn is ten years. Prior to this announcement, UOG’s longest period of reaccreditation was five years, which the institution earned in 1968 and 1995.
Mangilao, Guam 96913
The University of Guam is a U.S. Land Grant and Sea Grant Institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. UOG is an equal opportunity provider and employer committed to diversity, equity and inclusion through island wisdom values of inadahi yan inagofli'e: respect, compassion, and community.