The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is a regional agency that accredits degree granting institutions of higher education based in the 19-state North Central region of the United States, including Iowa. Institutions are evaluated against the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation, a set of standards that institutions must meet to receive and/or maintain accredited status. HLC accreditation assures quality by verifying that an institution (1) meets threshold standards and (2) is engaged in continuous improvement. The University of Northern Iowa has begun preparations for our next accreditation visit to take place during the 2020-21 academic year. Please visit this page for updates and information regarding our next visit.