USIU-Africa has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 1978. It received its Charter through the Commission for University Education (CHE) in Kenya in 1999. Thus USIU-Africa has a dual accreditation.
Accreditation is a formal recognition by an accrediting body that an institution is competent to carry out specific tasks. The purpose of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher learning meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation aids institutions in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness. The advantages of dual accreditation are as follows:
- It ensures that the best practices (required by the two agencies) which are more stringent and meticulous are applied to determine quality and standard. It is definite that an institution with a dual accreditation will meet higher standards of quality and effectiveness in its programs and hence the quality of its education is superior. The degree obtained is recognized in the regions covered by the accreditation bodies in question, giving it a global perspective.
- At some point in their education, some students may wish to transfer to a new university. Most often, these students wish to transfer the course credits they have already accumulated to the new university so that they will not have to repeat similar courses. Dual accreditation is an important factor when a university is deciding whether to accept transfer credit from a student's previous University. Most universities will not accept transferred course credits from an institution that has not earned appropriate accreditation status from accreditation agencies. Dual accreditation makes course credits more credible.