Accreditation is a stamp of approval that the institution is meeting quality standards.Dr. Eric LinkProvost
Not only does it demonstrate the quality of the education students receive at UND, but it allows our students to receive federal student aid and ensures academic credits are transferable between UND and other accredited institutions.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) reaffirmation process holistically examines the quality of our institution including, including our:
- Academic components, such as courses and programs
- Soundness of governance and administration
- Adherence to mission
- Sustainability of finances
- Sufficiency of resources
Comprehensive Evaluation for Reaffirmation
UND is part of the Open Pathway 10-year Cycle. We are currently preparing for a Comprehensive Evaluation for Reaffirmation, which will occur during the 2023-24 academic year. This process covers all HLC criteria and includes an on-site visit by HLC reviewers.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Reaffirmation site team will be at UND on April 22-23, 2024. Students, faculty, staff and community members will be invited to participate in aspects of the reaffirmation visit process.
What is the HLC?
HLC is an institutional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as having the authority to accredit degree-granting colleges and universities. Institutional accreditation validates the quality of an institution's academic programs at all degree levels, whether delivered on-site, online or otherwise.
HLC maintains an active relationship with its member institutions, with frequent communication and regular reviews to ensure quality higher education. Institutions that are accredited by HLC are required to go through periodic reviews to ensure that they are meeting accreditation guidelines and standards. UND's most recent HLC review was finalized in 2018.