Nexford University, the next-generation university platform that enables access to quality and affordable US degree education globally has been awarded full, US accreditation by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (“DEAC”).
Nexford’s successful grant of US accreditation reaffirms that the university has met the DEAC standards of quality through self-evaluation and peer-review, and proves its credibility to learners, institutions, the government, and other industry professionals worldwide.
Based in Washington DC, Nexford’s accreditation follows existing State licensure granted by the Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC) – renewed annually since inception – enabling the online university platform to issue degrees. The accreditation from DEAC, recognized as an accrediting agency by the US Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), provides an additional quality stamp and strengthens Nexford’s position in the global higher education landscape.
It also proves the viability of Nexford’s status as a challenger university, at the forefront of providing quality education at a fraction of the cost of traditional programs. Nexford’s tech-enabled business model delivers affordable education without compromising on quality. Average annual tuition for a Master’s degree from Nexford costs $2,800 – a fraction of the US national average of $36,000. Its mission is to enable greater social and economic mobility across the world, and prepare its learners for the global workplace of the 21st century.
Nexford’s status as a US accredited university strengthens the opportunities for employment, further education, and social and economic mobility its global learners enjoy. While a core principle of Nexford is enabling its learners to access the global grid of employment – thus making immigration an option, rather than a necessity – learners will also benefit from the adherence US accreditation brings to points-based immigration visa applications.
As well as addressing the major challenge of affordability, Nexford is committed to improving the relevance of higher education – using AI to analyze millions of job openings and design a curriculum that provides learners with the skills most desired by global employers. Since inception in 2019, Nexford has offered over 100 skills-focused courses, with over 8,000 learners who have completed more than 33,000 courses and 1,500 degree graduates.
Fadl Al Tarzi, founder and CEO of Nexford University, said: “We are thrilled to have earned US accreditation and proud that our skills-focused programs – which benefit learners and employers – are being recognized for their quality. It will aid our continued growth across the world, and eventually allow us to enroll learners from 49 of the 50 US states.
Gaining US accreditation cements our status as a 21st century option – challenging the troubled higher education landscape worldwide. Accreditation is another sign that regulatory bodies are recognizing innovative alternatives to traditional universities who have struggled to adapt to the needs of today’s employers.”
The institutional accreditation applies to all Nexford degrees, courses and certificate programs and brings various community benefits, including opportunities for learners to transfer credits to other US and global institutions. Learners seeking further post-graduate education will also benefit from the wider recognition Nexford will gain, as it grows its learner community across the world.