Sacramento, Calif., November 6, 2023 – Today, Calbright College unveiled the first of many developments as a newly accredited higher education institution: a website suffix switch from .org to .edu. While a seemingly cosmetic change, this new URL is a visual representation of accreditation, which serves as a critical consumer protection for students and the public, underscores institutional accountability, and validates the integrity and quality of the College’s programs and operations.
In July 2023, Calbright College was granted initial accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), more than a year ahead of the April 1, 2025 deadline outlined in the College’s founding legislation. When announcing this news, Calbright’s President and CEO Ajita Talwalker Menon said: “We are the leading edge of the learning curve for how to best support adult learners and being accredited not only affirms the exceptional work of our faculty, students, and staff, but also paves the path forward as we move through and beyond our seven-year start-up period. Accreditation is yet another mechanism through which we can build an institution that meets our students where they are, designed around their needs and goals, in order to nurture their success.”
This pivotal accomplishment recognizes the College’s mission, development, and academic rigor and effectiveness. Accreditation is also the first step in establishing a policy and process for the College to accept credit students earned at other institutions and award credit that can be carried beyond Calbright – policies the College seeks to implement by the end of 2025. As is standard, this initial accreditation period is for a term of three years, through June 2026, at which time Calbright will apply for renewal.