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Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States, providing support for institutions across 19 states.

Record of Status

 Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Reaffirmation of Accreditation Letter 12/2019

2018-2019 Reports

2019 Quality Highlights Report
2019 Federal Compliance Report
2018/2019 Systems Appraisal
2018 Systems Portfolio (and Introduction)
2018 Multi-Location Institutional Report (Kennett and Poplar Bluff)
2018 Multi-Location Visit Report (Kennett and Poplar Bluff)

Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)

As part of its affiliation with the HLC, the University engages in an eight-year cycle of continuous improvement activities, called the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). The AQIP program is one of three pathways available to HLC-accredited institutions. Activities include Strategy Forums, Action Projects, Systems Portfolios, and Comprehensive Quality Reviews. More information about the AQIP cycle can be found here.

Key Dates for AQIP Activities

  • Comprehensive Quality Review (including on-site visit): September 23-25, 2019
  • Systems Portfolio Submission Deadline: December 3, 2018
  • Institutional Update Report: March 30, 2018
  • Action Project Update Report: November 30, 2017
  • Strategy Forum: November 13-15, 2017
  • Compliance Update: October 31, 2017

AQIP Action Projects

Action Projects are integral to the AQIP pathway for institutional continuous improvement. Action Projects are short-term projects (usually about one year in scope) that address a priority area for the University. We are no longer accepting proposals for AQIP Action Projects due to recent changes to the HLC AQIP Pathway.

 Completed Action Projects

*These projects have been closed as AQIP projects, but may still be running as internal improvement projects.

Previous Reports

2014 Systems Appraisal
2014 Systems Portfolio
Reaffirmation of Accreditation Letter 12/2012
Reaffirmation of Accreditation Recommendation 11/2012
Quality Checkup Visit Team Report - October 2012  Posted October 30, 2012
Updated Systems Portfolio - August 2012  Posted August 21, 2012
Quality Summary Report Posted August 21, 2012
Federal Compliance Report  Posted August 21, 2012
Proposed Quality Checkup Visit Agenda Posted August 21, 2012

Institutional Support and Governance for AQIP

AQIP activities are coordinated by the University’s Accreditation Liaison Officer (Doug Koch) and the AQIP Steering Committee.

Contact for more information 


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