Accreditation & Licensure
Accreditation is a voluntary process which may be undertaken by schools to demonstrate compliance with specific standards designed to indicate a level of education quality. Additionally, all schools are authorized in the states in which they operate.
State Authorization information
Institutional Accreditation information
Sanford-Brown College, Orlando FL
Sanford-Brown College, Orlando (License ID # 2628) is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, (888) 224-6684.
Sanford-Brown College, Tampa FL
Sanford-Brown College - Tampa (License # 2579) is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, (888) 224-6684.
Sanford-Brown College Online, Tampa FL
Sanford-Brown College Online (License # 2579; ID # 4036) is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, (888) 224-6684.
Sanford-Brown College Online is authorized by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education to operate a private school pursuant to the Alabama Private School License Law.
Sanford-Brown Online is registered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, 6 Liberty Street, 10th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201, (410) 767-3388.
Sanford-Brown College Online is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the Institution. Credits earned at the Institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
Sanford-Brown College Online is authorized as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and completion information on the programs offered by Sanford-Brown College Online, please visit http://tn.gov/thec/topic/authorized-institutions-data and click on the Authorized Institutions Data button.
Sanford-Brown College Online is authorized to offer educational programs and award degrees and diplomas in the State of Wisconsin by the Educational Approval Board, 201 West Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Madison, WI 53703. Phone: (608) 266-1996.
Sanford-Brown Online is not authorized to enroll residents from the State of Arkansas.
Sanford-Brown Online may only enroll residents from the State of Minnesota into the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs.
The State of Florida requires institutions within the state to inform students and employees of the existence of the Department of Law Enforcement sexual predator and sexual offender registry website and toll-free telephone number. Those seeking to obtain information about registered sex offenders in Florida should visit the following website at https://offender.fdle.state.fl.us or call the toll-free number at 1-888-357-7332.
Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the School’s grievance procedure which can be found in the Catalog. The school’s grievance procedure allows for the prompt resolution of grievances. For additional state and accreditor contact information, please click here.
Sanford-Brown College – Chicago, Chicago IL
Sanford-Brown College – Chicago is regulated by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education, 101 West Ohio Street, Suite 670, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984. Phone: 317-464-4400. www.in.gove/bpe.
Sanford-Brown College – Chicago, Chicago IL
The College is regulated by and has degree-granting authority from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). Complaints against this school may be registered with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, 431 East Adams, 2nd Floor, Springfield, IL 62701, (217) 557-7359 or by visiting www.ibhe.org.
Sanford-Brown is recognized as a private college by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). Sanford-Brown is authorized by the IBHE to confer Associate of Applied Science degrees.
Complaints against this school may be registered with the Illinois Board of Higher Education,
431 East Adams, 2nd Floor, Springfield, IL 62701, (217) 557-7359 or by visiting www.ibhe.org
Sanford-Brown College, Las Vegas NV
Sanford-Brown College is licensed to operate by the State of Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education, 3663 East Sunset Road, Suite 202, Las Vegas, NV 89120.
Sanford-Brown College, San Antonio TX
Sanford-Brown College is approved and regulated by the following agencies:
Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges, 101 East 15th Street, Austin, Texas 78778-0001,
http://csc.twc.state.tx.us, (512) 936-3100
San Antonio campus student policy regarding complaints
Degree Programs: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711,
THECB student complaint information is codified under 19 TAC §§1.110-1.120. An overview of the complaint procedure, how to submit a complaint, and the complaint form can be found by clicking here.
Sanford-Brown College, Seattle WA
Sanford-Brown College in Seattle is authorized by the WA Student Achievement Council (WSAC) and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Sanford-Brown College to offer specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs: Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.
All Sanford-Brown schools are institutionally accredited (accredited in total) by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a national accrediting agency.
Accreditation is a voluntary process which may be undertaken by schools to demonstrate compliance with specific standards designed to indicate a level of education quality. Each campus has been approved by ACICS to offer all of its currently available programs.
All Sanford-Brown schools are institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award certificates and degrees.
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4241
The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) is no longer recognized by the U.S. Department of Education effective December 12, 2016. Sanford-Brown has 18 months from this date (until June 12, 2018) to find a new accrediting agency to maintain eligibility to receive funds under Title IV, HEA programs. If the institution does not obtain accreditation within that 18 month period, the institution will no longer be eligible to receive funds under Title IV, HEA programs. Sanford-Brown has already ceased enrolling new students and has entered into a teach-out of currently enrolled students. Since the teachout will be completed within the 18 month period, it is not necessary to seek a new institutional accreditor.
Any Sanford-Brown student who has a complaint relating to Title IV eligibility or administration, the quality of education received at Sanford-Brown, or otherwise relating to the accreditation standards of its former accrediting agency (ACICS) can submit that complaint to the institution and/or to any of the federal and state agencies listed below.
U.S. Department of Education Student Complaint website
- Florida Commission for Independent Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399
- Office of Attorney General, State of Florida, The Capitol PL-01, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
- Illinois Board of Higher Education, 431 East Adams, 2nd Floor, Springfield, IL 62701
- Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Consumer Protection Bureau, 500 South Second Street, Springfield, IL 62701
For Indiana residents:
- Indiana Board for Proprietary Education, 101 West Ohio Street, Suite 670, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984
- Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, Government Center South, 5th Floor, 302 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN 46204
- Commission on Postsecondary Education, 8778 South Maryland Parkway, Suite 115, Las Vegas, NV 89123
- State of Nevada, Office of the Attorney General, 100 N. Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701
- Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges, 101 East 15th Street, Austin, Texas 78778-0001
- Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711
- Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, PO Box 12548, Austin, TX 78711-2548
- Washington Student Achievement Council, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430
- Office of the Attorney General, General Consumer Protection Division, 800 5th Avenue , Suite 2000, Seattle, WA 98104-3188
Programmatic accreditation is an additional form of accreditation that a school may undertake to obtain is a specific, individual accreditation of certain programs. Institutional accreditation is not the same as or a substitution for programmatic accreditation. Although programmatic accreditation is not required for employment in many cases, the existence of programmatic accreditation is a further indication that a program meets the standards of the profession, and may therefore indirectly enhance employment opportunities. Also, in some cases, programmatic accreditation will allow the graduates of the accredited program to sit for some credentialing exams immediately upon graduation without any requirement of work experience.
It is important to understand what accreditation is and why it is important to Sanford-Brown. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. DOE recognized accrediting agencies have adopted criteria reflecting the qualities of a sound educational program and have developed procedures for evaluating institutions or programs to determine whether or not they meet these criteria. The standards by which institutions or programs are measured have been developed by subject matter experts and are intended to include what is critical for students to learn in order to successfully pursue a given profession. Having this kind of oversight and ensuring compliance with stated standards is essential to maintaining quality for students. Institutional Accreditation measures the entire operations of a given campus. Programmatic accreditation evaluates the components of a given academic program. Sanford-Brown is committed to offering programs that live up to these standards so that we can help provide qualified and prepared graduates in the field of healthcare. We understand that accreditation is not merely a recognition granted once an institution or program is in substantial compliance with the stated standards, but is a privilege that we must continue to earn through disciplined actions and quality instruction.
Broadly, across our Sanford-Brown campuses, over 35 programs are currently programmatically accredited. Some accrediting agencies require that a new program graduate its first class before the program is eligible for programmatic accreditation but we strive to run our programs according to the standards of our relevant programmatic accreditors and are committed to seeking programmatic accreditation for our eligible programs. This includes not starting the first class until the clinical site requirement is formally demonstrated, not over seating classes, ensuring the self study process is part of the educational plan and making certain that the curriculum, facility, equipment, staff and leadership meet the programmatic accreditation requirements.
To learn about which programs are programmatically accredited by campus, see the detailed information below.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program at Sanford-Brown College in Tampa is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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