We Are Acacia University
Acacia University’s name reflects our belief of life-long learning. The symbol and name of the acacia as the “tree of knowledge”, as it is known in many cultures, embodies our ongoing commitment to provide unparalleled standards and vehicles for learning. Acacia is committed to delivering educational programs of the highest quality through innovative forms of distance learning. To this end, Acacia University offers outstanding distance education in programs that extend extraordinary and interactive opportunities for students to reach personal and career goals.
Acacia University believes that innovative, relevant, and rigorous educational programs offered in a responsible distance learning format throughout the world will not only enhance individual personal and career goals, but will contribute to business, social, economic, and educational needs of our society. Acacia University will be recognized as a premier program for those who desire to earn a certificate or degree while expanding and deepening their understanding of a profession and/or applying their skills in the workforce.
Our values include:
- Excellence in teaching/learning by offering a high-quality and student-focused education
- Organizational integrity by operating with the highest ethical standards
- Diversity and civility by supporting multicultural understanding and maintaining respect for all learners and staff
Our goals include:
- Build undergraduate and post graduate programs by offering valuable certificate programs and extending to doctoral programs
- Increase enrollment by partnering with businesses, agencies, and programs
- Strengthen our national reputation for excellence by providing the workforce with outstanding employees
- Ensure financial stability and growth
Our objectives include:
- Provide educational opportunities at the lowest cost feasible
- Provide courses that challenge, but do not frustrate
- Maintain high academic standards
- Establish an energizing learning environment by engaging students in worthwhile learning tasks
- Build and foster a “learning community” culture that fosters questioning, stretching, and understanding
- Measure student, staff, and employer satisfaction regularly
At Acacia University we understand that affordability, convenience, flexibility, support, and learning communities are key elements that should never be compromised. Our graduates claim that we are unlike other universities in our care and support for the student. Our instructors, Learning Coaches, and mentors are all trained to provide an environment that promotes an energetic and thoughtful learning culture.
Acacia University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, gender identity, or other legally or policy protected status, in the university's services, educational programs, and activities, including but not limited to, admission to and employment by the university. As a federal contractor, the university is committed to affirmative action in employment for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans.
Acacia University is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and is authorized to provide distance education to students in any SARA member state.
The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. SARA membership makes it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. Full information about the benefits of SARA to students is available online at http://www.nc-sara.org/what-are-student-benefits.
The following state is not members of SARA as of December 2017: California.
Who do I contact if I have a grievance with Acacia University?
While Acacia University endeavors to maintain a congenial and responsive atmosphere for its students conducive with its educational purposes, it recognizes that from time to time, misunderstandings and disagreements may arise during the course of a student’s enrollment.
In response to this situation, Acacia University has established procedures to resolve problems and ensure fair adjudication of student rights.
Students who have completed the Acacia University grievance process and the applicable state grievance process may appeal non-instructional complaints to the AZ SARA Council. For additional information on the complaint process, please visit the AZ SARA Complaint page.
Acacia University filed with Arizona’s Secretary of State and applied for a degree-granting license in the State of Arizona in September 2007. Approval was granted on February 28, 2008.
Our Accreditation Assures You a Quality Academic Program
Acacia University holds accreditation through the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. Founded in 1926, it has become the agency that sets the standard for all distance education institutions.
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 234-5100
An agency seeking recognition by the Secretary must meet the Secretary's procedures and criteria for the recognition of accrediting agencies. First recognized by the Department of Education in 1959, the DEAC was most recently reviewed in 2001 as part of the normal evaluation process.
The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA is a private nonprofit national organization that coordinates accreditation activity in the United States. It carries forward a long tradition that recognition of accrediting organizations should be a key strategy to ensure quality, accountability, and improvement in higher education. Recognition by CHEA affirms that standards and processes of accrediting organizations are consistent with quality, improvement, and accountability expectations that CHEA has established. CHEA web site.
What Is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a process to assure and improve higher education quality by giving public recognition to an institution that meets established standards of academic and administrative quality.
Why Is Accreditation Important?
Accreditation assures you, the student, that the institution operates on a sound financial basis, has approved programs of study, qualified instructors, adequate facilities, and approved policies. Additionally, accreditation is often required by employer sponsored tuition reimbursement programs and by other institutions when evaluating transfer credits.
Here are three quick steps to quickly "search" for accredited schools on the US Department of Education web site. Follow the steps below and enter out name and accreditation information will be displayed.
On the U S Department of Education web site they state that the Secretary of Education recognizes only one agency dedicated solely to accrediting distance education institutions, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
- Go to http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search
- Enter Acacia University and our name and address will appear.
Dr. Don Enz
Current: Retired Arizona NCA Director
Former: Secondary principal, assistant superintendent, superintendent
Dr. David Hurst
Current: Vice President, Cognia
Former: Superintendent, principal, teacher
Dr. Pam Santesteban
Former: Assistant Superintendent, principal, teacher
Dr. Christine Wilkenson
Current: Vice President, ASU
Former: High school and university experience
Dr. Gary Nine
Former: Assistant Superintendent, Principal, teacher
Apache Junction, AZ
Acacia University is the result of two companies merging and the culmination of twelve years of pioneering ways to improve instruction and learning. It began with the vision of our founders (with over 100 combined years of experience at all levels) who were convinced that implementing research-based instructional strategies, learning communities within the classroom, and state of the art technology would result in enhancing teacher effectiveness and improving student learning.
In 2003, Educational Cyberconnections, Inc. began a partnership with the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) to provide onsite training to CITA schools in Egypt, Pakistan, United Emirates, and China. This training created a demand for additional and continuing training that resulted in the establishment of an onsite and online program under the title of CITA Teacher Certification Program.
The need for quality technology support for design and hosting of the program resulted in the merger with EdgePoint Technology. The name of the company was changed to Power-Ed, Inc. during the merger. 7 In 2005, Power-Ed and CITA developed and delivered a web-based curriculum (24 credits) that could be delivered via the internet throughout the world. For over four years we have delivered classes, mentored teachers, and improved education in countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Syria, China, and the United States.
Our learners felt the online program was so valuable that they expressed an interest in obtaining a master’s degree for the courses they had taken. Our response to their request was to seek state licensing and then accreditation from an approved US Department of Education institution.
Acacia University set a goal that the program would be convenient, affordable, provide mentoring, and teacher dialogue; thereby improving the teaching process.
Greetings from the Provost
Acacia University is a different type of learning environment featuring extensive collaboration in professional virtual learning communities. Our students extend their skills, reignite their excitement and enthusiasm for education, and build their capacities for new educational positions. Our professors and learning coaches are specifically trained and skilled to mentor and guide you as you stretch your thinking, build understanding, and enhance your professional practice.
Whether you are in a master’s or doctoral program or would like to continue your professional growth in one of our professional development courses or certificate programs, you will find our courses energizing and helpful to you no matter what type of educational position you have. We partner with Cognia, Inc. to provide the International Teaching Certification program and are pleased to provide services globally. Since education is all we do, Acacia works hard to do it better than anyone else!
We look forward to seeing you in class soon! All application information is online and classes start five times per year. Life-long learning is the mission of Acacia University. Join now to envision the possibilities for your career.
Marilynn D. Henley, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Services
Welcome from the President
Welcome to the DEAC accredited program that specializes in education! We offer programs for teachers and administrators to build strength and skills to lead students into the future! We are delighted that you are considering Acacia University to start or continue your higher education journey. At Acacia, we are committed to assisting you in achieving your advanced degree and improving your professional practice. We take pride in knowing that our program is Affordable, Accredited, Convenient, Supportive, and Relevant.
Please read our University Catalog and Student Handbook carefully to understand your responsibilities and realize the benefits of our distance education program. Online communication with our instructors and your peers will engage you and help you discover powerful and effective ways to improve education and the teaching/learning connection.
The Acacia Learning Community is here to help you realize your full potential and propel you into excellence. On behalf of the Acacia University community, I welcome you to the Acacia family and wish you the absolute best in your educational and personal growth.
Tim R. Moman