About Acacia University
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 Cyber connections, 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 Edge Point 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.
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.
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.