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Credibility with Employers

Nationally accredited degrees are accepted by many government, military and private employers. According to DETC CEO Michael Lambert, “DETC institutions are routinely accepted for the tuition reimbursement programs in most corporations today. And DETC surveys of employers and job supervisors indicate that employers who respond to us are nearly 100% satisfied with their employees who have earned a DETC degree.”

Transferring New Charter University Credits to Other Schools

Each receiving institution determines the acceptance for transfer of New Charter University academic credits. While many schools accept credits from nationally accredited schools, some do not. The DETC Quick Facts Brochure provides encouraging data for students concerned about the transferability of NCU credits. According to the DETC: "Three out of four DETC degree graduates who attempted to transfer their credits were successful."

In addition, all schools in the Higher Education Transfer Alliance have pledged to consider transfer credits regardless of national vs. regional accreditation. Any school listed in the HETA database recognizes NCU’s DETC accreditation.

Before you enroll at NCU, you may wish to contact institutions to which you may seek to transfer to get information on the transferability of NCU credits. This simple step can help save you time and money in the future.

Which Accreditation is Right for Me?

This can be a difficult question to answer. Jamie Littlefield, the Distance Learning expert at About.com, provides a useful answer:

“When choosing between national accreditation and regional accreditation, consider your future goals. If your new degree will be your final degree, you plan to complete your education at the same school, and your future employers will not care about your school’s accreditation, either choice is acceptable. If you may change schools before completing your degree, you want to pursue further education after graduation, or you will seek employment with companies concerned about accreditation issues, you may be better off with a regionally accredited college.”

We recommend you carefully consider your options, taking into account your budget, your required flexibility and your future employment or education goals. If you have questions about accreditation, feel free to contact an Enrollment Advisor. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.


Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)

Accredited Member

New Charter University is nationally accredited by the DETC Accrediting Commission. The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

The Accrediting Commission of the DETC is located at 1601 18th Street, NW, Suite 2, Washington D.C. 20009.

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U.S. Department of Education Database of Recognized Schools

Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Institutional Member

New Charter University is an institutional member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA - a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation - is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities. Institutional membership is limited to accredited colleges and universities.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation

American Council on Education

Institutional Member

New Charter University is an institutional member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA - a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation - is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities. Institutional membership is limited to accredited colleges and universities.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Council for Adult & Experiential Learning

Institutional Member

New Charter University is an institutional member of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). CAEL is a national leader in the field of adult learning dedicated to expanding lifelong learning opportunities for adults. Institutional membership is limited to accredited colleges and universities. To learn more, please visit:

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National vs. Regional Accreditation

Understanding the difference between regional and national accreditation can be difficult. New Charter University is nationally accredited by the DETC Accrediting Commission. Our partner school, Patten University, is regionally accredited through the Western Association of Schools & Colleges. Typically, brick & mortar institutions are regionally accredited, while most online schools are nationally accredited. Regional accreditation is generally more widely accepted, though national accreditation is gaining in credibility.


Need Regional Accreditation? We Can Help!

For many students, a nationally accredited degree is ample to achieve their educational and career goals. However, if your education or career path requires a regionally accredited degree, consider applying to the Dual Admission Associate of Arts in General Studies program at New Charter University and its partner school, Patten University, a regionally accredited university based in Oakland, California. With dual admission, you can start your degree at New Charter University, and then transfer your credits to Patten University to complete your degree.