America is a country that was founded on the principles of Individual freedom, personal responsibility, and self reliance. Education has always been a founding pillar of this nation, as our founding fathers were extremely educated. Their education did not, however, come from established educational institutions, but from their own personal study and self education.

Education was at the very heart of what has made America great, as most of America’s great educational institutions were founded as small independent colleges, by churches primary as schools to train ministers, Harvard university being just one example, these schools grew to become some of the largest University’s in America today.

This dedication to education was expressed by our first president George Washington in his farewell address where he stated, ” Promote as an object of importance, institutions for the general defusion of knowledge.” Benjamin Rush, a signer of the declaration of independence wrote that ” without learning men/ women are incapable of knowing their rights, and where learning is confined to a few people, liberty can be neither equal or universal”

As private education institutions grew in number and size, the need to protect their special interest emerged, as the result they established private non-government accreditation associations to fulfill this need. The private accreditation associations are unique to America, and are the result of the U.S. constitution forbidding the U.S. government from controlling educational institutions, or approving accreditation associations.

This prohibition of the U.S. government from sponsoring or establishing accreditation associations was further affirmed when in 1985 several private school accreditation organizations worked with the U.S. Department of Education’s office, of private education in seeking recognition of their accreditation programs.

This department’s general counsel ruled that there was no statutory authority for the U.S. Department of Education to recognize any elementary/secondary accreditation agencies.

This includes regional associations such as the North-Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, etc.

Therefore no accreditation associations have U.S. government approval and any discrimination in favor of one Accreditation Association, member schools, students or graduates over another would, in our opinion, be a violation of federal anti trust and civil right laws, and subject any individual or organization who displayed this type of discrimination to federal damage suits.

Accreditation Associations are categorically described by the geographical area in which they operate, or the educational area of specialization. The geographical association accredits schools in certain geographical locations; (1) regional accreditation association’s are restricted to a small portion of the country; (2) national accreditation association’s accredit schools all across the country (3) international accreditation’s associations have no geographical boundary’s and are authorized to accredit schools, colleges, and universities locally, nationally, and world wide.

USIU has embraced the same education philosophy as of the founders of this nation, and is dedicated to educational principles that help our students develop to their full human potential, rediscovering the true education values that made America great.

Encourages our students to engage in a policy of life long learning. Therefore, to protect the quality of our programs. From those outside sources who would want to undermine, our students creative ability, freedom of thought and expression in education.

That in our opinion our make our students, superior graduates and more are effective in their business and personal life. Therefore, we have chosen not to join any of the many private non governmental accreditation associations to protect the quality and integrity of our programs.