HLC Criteria for Accreditation
Revised Criteria effective September 1, 2020
View the Revised Criteria Booklet
The Criteria for Accreditation are the standards of quality by which the Commission determines whether an institution merits accreditation or reaffirmation of accreditation. They are as follows:
The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.
The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.
The institution provides quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.
The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.
The institution’s resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities.