The Graduate University of America, New School of Positive Psychology is pleased

to be a leader in the fields of positive psychology, neuropsychology, and positive



Degree and board certification programs are accredited by the Board of Standards

of The American Positive Psychology Association (  The American

Positive Psychology Association is recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.

We are also a member of the prestigious University Consortium.


The Graduate University of America, New School of Positive Psychology follows

the standards of the following accrediting bodies:

The Council for Adult Experiential Learning

The Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation

The American Council on Education

The Distance Education and Training Council


Accreditation Executive Summary


“…the (U.S. Department of Education) makes no distinction between

accreditation bodies, giving all equal standing.” (From Wikipedia)


1. Accreditation and authority to operate are widely misunderstood by members

of the public. This confusion is exacerbated by functionaries of the traditional

system who misrepresent the facts in order to retain their control, power

and access to public money. Most of all, state government officials and people

who oppose freedom of education are opposed to nontraditional alternatives

to the existing system.

2. Accreditation in the United States is NOT a function of either the state or

federal governments.

3. Authority to operate is a function of state governments, not the federal


4. The states vary widely in the extent to which they either do or don’t regulate

private institutions of higher education.

5. Some states DO NOT REGULATE private institutions of higher education at all.

6. The federal government is constitutionally prohibited from regulating private

higher education in the states.

7. The public can easily protect itself with relatively simple inquiries into the

credentials of an educational institution and its graduates.


Some Details from Wikipedia


“Education accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which

services and operations of an educational institution or program are evaluated

by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met. Should standards

be met, accredited status is granted by the agency. In the United States…the quality

assurance process is independent of government and performed by private

membership associations.


When discussing accreditation in the United States, it is important that the concept

of accreditation not be confused with authority to operate. The authority to operate

an educational entity in the U.S. is granted by the First Amendments guarantee of 

free speech.  


“Therefore, the authority of the U.S. Department of Education does not extend to

authorizing schools to operate, to enroll students, or to award degrees. In addition,

the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) is not responsible for accreditation

of institutions, NOR is the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA),

a non-governmental organization. Both recognize reputable accrediting

agencies for institutions of higher education and provide guidelines as well as

resources and relevant data.


In the United States, education accreditation has long been established as a

peer review process coordinated by accreditation commissions and the members.


“…the U.S. Department of Education officially states, it does not accredit schools.

Instead, accreditation commissions are formed, funded, and operated by their

members to create an academic community that is self-regulating.


“…The federal government makes no distinction between accreditation bodies, giving

all equal standing. There is no similar federal government list of recognized

accreditation agencies for primary and secondary schools. There is wide variation

among the individual states in the requirements applied to non-public primary

and secondary schools.”


From the Office of Postsecondary Education,

US Department of Education:  “Accreditation

in the United States.”


(Start quote) “The United States has NO federal ministry of education or other centralized

authority exercising single national control over postsecondary education institutions in

this country. The states assume varying degrees of control over education, but, in general,

institutions of higher education are permitted to operate with considerable independence

and autonomy. As a consequence, American education institutions can vary widely in the

character and quality of their programs. Accreditation DOES NOT provide automatic

acceptance by an institution of credit earned at another institution, NOR does it give

assurance of acceptance by graduates by employers. Acceptance of students or

graduates is always the prerogative of the receiving institutions or employer. For these

reasons, besides ascertaining the accredited status of a school or program, students

should take additional measures to determine, prior to enrollment, whether or not their

educational goals will be met through attendance at a particular institution.” (End quote)


Our Degrees are Widely Accepted


Our degree programs are widely recognized and accepted by private companies, public

companies, charities, nonprofit organizations, law firms, CPA firms, consulting firms,

hospitals and other health care facilities, schools, colleges, universities, government

agencies, the federal government, state governments, and city governments.


Academic Fallacies


“Since a college’s or universities academic prestige (unfortunately) depends primarily

on its professor’s research and publications, students will not … get a better education

at the more prestigious institutions with the higher paid faculty…””One of the biggest

fallacies about academic institutions is that attendance at big-name colleges and

universities is virtually essential for reaching the top later in life.”


“The four institutions with the highest percentage of their undergraduates going on to

receive PhDs are all small colleges, with less than 2,000 undergraduates …

Some have fewer than 1,000 students…”


“Of the chief executive officers of the 50 largest American corporations surveyed in

2006, only four had Ivy League degrees and just over half graduated from

state colleges, city colleges, or a community college.”


“Some, including Michael Dell and Bill Gates did not graduate at all!”*


* Economic Facts and Fallacies by Dr. Thomas Sowell