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New Charter University

Affordability and accessibility

New Charter University was established in 1994 as Andrew Jackson University. In 2010, the University moved its operating location from Birmingham, Alabama to San Francisco, California and changed its name to New Charter University. 

The founders of New Charter University believe it is time for a new university charter – one that guarantees anyone who desires it access to an affordable education.  They also believe that the concept of the university should be broadened to include at its core: openness, transparency and peer-to-peer learning at a pace that is appropriate for the learner. 


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New Charter University Mission

To leverage advances in innovative technologies and teaching methods to provide affordable, accessible, and high quality distance education programs. Through these programs students can attain recognized degrees and credentials that advance their careers and improve their lives.

This mission includes employing:

  • Outcome-based education in which course length is measured by demonstrated attainment of learning objectives through carefully crafted objective and performance assessments.
  • Technology-assisted learning environments, where students learn at their own pace and according to their own personal learning style.
  • Peer-to-peer learning communities in which students share their knowledge and skills to help each other obtain recognized degrees and credentials.
  • Instructional models in which the faculty serve as mentors and coaches as well as subject matter experts.
  • Evaluation systems that measure achievement solely on whether students meet rigorous, clearly articulated, and recognized standards.
  • Tuition models that are affordable.

New Charter University Values

Our vision is to build the most affordable and accessible private university in the world. Given our mission and beliefs, we would like to help create a world in which no one is deprived of access to quality education. In order to accomplish this, we will need to hold true to our core values:

  • Offer the highest quality, most affordable education possible
  • Create an engaging and intellectually stimulating culture
  • Approach challenges with humility and perseverance
  • Embrace change fearlessly and drive innovation
  • Operate with integrity and openness
  • Value diversity

Accreditation and Approvals


New Charter University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) formerly the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the US Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

For further information about accreditation, contact:

Distance Education Accrediting Commission
1601 18th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009-2529
(202) 234-5100

​California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education

New Charter University is approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. 


As an accredited, degree-granting member of the DEAC (formerly DETC) New Charter University is an institutional member of the following organizations:

  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) - CHEA is a non-profit organization serving as the national advocate for self-regulation through accreditation.
  • American Council on Education (ACE) - ACE is the nation's umbrella higher education association.
  • Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) - New Charter University is an institutional member of CAEL, the national leader in the field of adult learning dedicated to expanding lifelong learning opportunities for adults.

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