Founding Legacy

Founding Legacy

Life of C. Peter Wagner

Accreditation is not required by the U.S. Department of Education and, at present, Wagner University is notaccredited by a Dept. of Education approved accrediting agency. However, WU is authorized to offer degrees and/or degree credits by Colorado, the state within which it is incorporated. Moreover, WU is held accountable through its membership in the Academic Council for Educational Accountability.


Colorado Commission on Higher Education

Wagner University’s authorization to operate as a Religious Training Institution was recently renewed by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. This means Wagner is recognized as a “bona fide religious postsecondary educational institution” and is authorized to offer degrees and/or degree credits for another three-year term.


WU is a member of the ACEA (Academic Council for Educational Accountability) which provides accountability for adult Christian schools (ministry training schools, colleges, etc.) ACEA offers a creative alternative to accreditation. It uses relationship-based peer input to provide accountability through a structure that permits members to conduct peer reviews. For more info, please check

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