California State Approval Agency (SAA)
The United States has no federal Ministry of Education or other centralized authority exercising single national control over post-secondary educational institutions in the U.S. Thus, unlike many countries, the U.S. government requires that all schools are approved or licensed by the governing body of the State in which they are located. This is the only required level of recognition in the U.S. IAU is a legally operating degree-granting educational private university in the State of California, U.S.A.
In July 2006, IAU received its initial approval to operate by the former Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE) to grant degrees under the provisions of the California Education Code.
IAU’s current approval to operate as a private postsecondary school in the State of California is based on provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act (CPPEA) of 2009, which was effective January 1, 2010. The Act is administered by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), under the Department of Consumer Affairs.
In December 2011, IAU received its re-Approval to operate by the BPPE, effective December 15, 2011 – December 14, 2016. In April 2018, IAU received its re-Approval to operate, effective April 9, 2018 – April 9, 2023. Five years is the maximum approval time that the BPPE grants.
Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)
On March 6th, 2009 IAU received SEVP Certification. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) delegated the school certification process to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and ICE assigned this responsibility to its Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). SEVP certification allows institutions to issue Forms I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” to prospective international students after admitting them for a course of study.
IAU is currently not accredited at this time. The accreditation process is a timely and meticulous process that takes years to achieve.
In May 2018, IAU submitted its Applicant Institutional Profile and Institutional Eligibility Requirements (IERs) to the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) and in June 2018 the submission was accepted. The preliminary site visit to review the Self Study Proposal occurred on July 30, 2018. In August 2018, IAU’s materials were approved by the TRACS Applicant Review Committee (ARC).
The Institutional Eligibility Requirements (IERs) are (1) the Standards associated with The TRACS Accreditation Requirements (IERs #1 – #16) and (2) the Standards noted as Federal Requirements (IER #17) with which an institution must demonstrate compliance in order to be accepted as an “Applicant” and subsequently authorized to begin the Self-Study process for consideration by the Accreditation Commission for “Candidate” level recognition.
TRACS’s acceptance of IAU’s application does not guarantee that IAU will achieve Candidacy. However, IAU will diligently focus its resources and continue to work towards the accreditation process and update the IAU community with the progress.