Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Review

2010 Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Process

Every 10 years, the University of Northern Iowa conducts a self-study in preparation for reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Preparing for our institutional reaccreditation requires the support and assistance from all programs and units on campus. The steering committee of faculty, staff and students will coordinate this process. We welcome and will be seeking your suggestions and feedback at every step of the way.

UNI has been granted permission by the HLC to utilize the option of creating a customized self-study process. We are participating in the joint project between the HLC and the Policy Center on the First Year of College which allows us to integrate into our accreditation process a focus on evaluating and improving our students' first-year experience.

Accreditation is a process that evaluates quality and provides a road map for institutional improvements. It assures students that their academic programs meet nationally recognized standards. Accreditation is required for UNI to receive federal funds for student financial aid and research.


Focus of Re-Accreditation at UNI

  • Assess the quality of an institution and its effectiveness
  • Assist the institution in making improvements in its operations and effectiveness
  • Provide mission-driven accreditation

University of Northern Iowa reaccredited by Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has reaffirmed the University of Northern Iowa's accreditation for a 10-year period that runs through 2020. The commission's action follows a comprehensive self-study by the university and a three-day site visit by a 10-member review team last November.   Full story...