The Western Association of Schools and Colleges report, available online, highlighted several areas of noncompliance by Ashford University, including:
- Student attrition and inadequate levels of degree completion, citing nearly 128,000 students who have withdrawn in the last five years as 240,000 new students were enrolled.
- Inadequate resources for educational purposes, with more than 30 percent of spending going toward student recruitment.
- Insufficient faculty, with a core of 50 full-time faculty members for an online division of more than 90,000 students that is “not sufficient to provide leadership and oversight of an academic enterprise of the size and complexity of Ashford.”
The report also cited concerns about the “rigor of coursework” and the university’s process for reviewing program and student learning.