Alder Graduate School of Education (Alder, formerly Aspire University) has applied for Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC has reviewed the application and determined that the institution is eligible to proceed with an application for Candidacy and Initial Accreditation. A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with the WASC Senior College and University Commission, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation. It is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed within five years of its Eligibility determination to be reviewed for Candidacy or Initial Accreditation status with the Commission. Questions about Eligibility may be directed to the institution or to WSCUC at or (510) 748-9001.


The Gladys L. Benerd School of Education at the University of Pacific (Pacific) is proud to partner with Alder’s teacher residency program. Since 2010 (while Alder is pursuing accreditation) California residents who complete the academic requirements of the program have received a Master of Arts in Education from Pacific with a concentration in Teaching or Special Education. Located in Stockton, Pacific has been chartered since 1851 and is the oldest chartered university in California. Pacific is accredited by WSCUC.


Alder’s Memphis students received a Teaching Credential and Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Relay Graduate School of Education (Relay). Relay is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and also has accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

California’s Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) awarded Alder Graduate School of Education (Alder, formerly Aspire University) a provisional approval to operate no more than two degree programs effective June 15, 2016, with an expiration date of June 15, 2021. The institution’s approval to operate is contingent upon it being subsequently accredited. BPPE has provided this Approved Educational Program List to inform prospective students of Alder’s provisional approval to operate.


The state of California and BPPE require that institutions post an annual Student Performance Fact Sheet (SPFS). Until it is accredited and conferring degrees, Alder’s SPFS will not include any students, as they show up on University of the Pacific’s site at this link. Alder’s most recent Annual Report to BPPE is available here.